aight so lets get this straight: 8 hours is indeed the average amount of sleep adults need. keep in mind, there are people that sleep longer, and there are people that sleep less than the 8 hour average. it is also statistically proven that most people who need less sleep to function properly are typically more prone to things like insomnia. the reason? sleeping in is seen as a reward in our society. this is very harmful to shorter sleepers, because even though they can sleep for 8 hours, they shouldn’t. you wanna know why? sleeping longer gives them jet lag!
you heard me, jet lag. let me give you an example. let’s say you live in chicago and your body only needs 5 hours of sleep to function. if you sleep 6 hours, your body says “ok, im in denver. cool!” NOT COOL. if you continue to sleep later and later, your body is essentially travelling around the globe in your own home. the problem with that is, not only are you tired all the time but your eating schedule is messed up, cholesterol levels are messed up, when you feel tired is messed up, everything is messed up. everything in your life revolves around the time you wake up in the morning.
i want you to try the following if you are constantly tired and then wide awake at night:
1. only get into your bed when you know you will fall asleep.
2. do not spend hours sitting in your bed on your laptop. you can still use your laptop all you want, just not on your bed. your bed is for sleeping only
3. pick a time. 7:00am? 8:30am? 9:00am? set your alarm for that time every day. when the alarm goes off, get up and turn it off. do not go back to your bed. go downstairs and get coffee or something. just do not go back to sleep, no matter how tired you feel.
4. if you got less than 4 hours of sleep and feel like you need a nap badly, the best times for a nap are from 1-5pm. only sleep for an hour, though
try this for about 2 weeks. if nothing changes, see a sleep specialist