The CDC recently reviewed how the quality of sleep effects our daily lives. Sleep insufficiency has been linked to numerous motor vehicle accidents, occupational errors, and health problems. Many sleep related issues stem from changes in work schedules, constant use of screen based technology, and unhealthy habits. So it begs the question, how much sleep do we really need? The answer depends on your age (see figure below).
There are a few simple methods to increase the quality of your sleep. Good bedtime habits help tremendously.
4 simple tips to improve your sleep
Keep to a schedule. Going to sleep at the same time every night and waking in the morning every night helps stabilize your sleep pattern.
Try not to have large meals before bedtime.
Alcohol and caffeine close to bedtime should be avoided.
Avoid nicotine use.
In many cases, people following good bedtime habits may still wake feeling tired or groggy. In these situations it is important to get evaluated for sleep apnea.