HOW to sleep is something we have all struggled with at least once. How much sleep to get is another question we ask going about our busy lives – is it possible to miss an hour or two there? This is how much sleep you should get, according to an expert.
How to sleep at home is not always easy, and something we have all struggled with at least once.
Buzzing phones, late night sounds and bedfellows, children or pets can make sure you don’t get a stretch of undisturbed sleep.
New research has revealed that as many as one in three of us now suffer from a poor nights sleep, with the average person waking up at least once in the night at 3am five days a week.
These interrupted nights may have caused up to a fifth of people calling in sick to work at least once.
Dr Ishaad Ebrahim, Medical Director of The London Sleep Centre, says that quality sleep is the most important type, and the average adult gets seven to nine hours of sleep a night.
“Everyone is different and so is the amount of sleep they need each night,” he said.
“On average, a normal amount of sleep for an adult is considered to be around seven to nine hours a night, but children and babies sleep for much longer than this.
“The quality of sleep is more important than the amount of sleep and if you don’t get enough good quality sleep you will feel tired the next day, no matter how many hours you’ve had.”
The survey, carried out by Phenergan Night Time, which backs products to help people sleep, says that almost two thirds of people wake up in the night because they need the toilet.
One in five people also wake up because of the room temperature or the fact they just can’t switch off from all their worries during the day.
It also found that the average adult goes to bed at 10.43pm.
“If someone has difficulty in maintaining sleep throughout the night and finds themselves awake two to three times, then they probably won’t be getting enough deep sleep, or REM sleep and may constantly be drifting in and out of light sleep.
“This means that their body and brain is not getting the time it needs rebuild and repair itself and people will find that they are constantly in a sleep deficit, forcing themselves to catch up at weekends.
“The lack of quality sleep will cause the individuals cognitive function to become impaired and they may feel moody and unable to focus at work as a result. Broken sleep can be just as bad for your health as getting little or no sleep at all, so it’s important to find a solution that works.”
The NHS says that most of us need eight hours quality sleep a night to function properly the next day, but some may need more or less than others.
The survey was carried out by Phenergan Night Time, which markets products to assist with sleep.
Tricks to help you go to sleep may include adding this 80p snack to your diet before bed.
You could also try sleeping on your side if you suffer from hip or back problems, to help ease you to sleep.
This is also recommended for pregnant women, with the best side for them to sleep on being the left.