We’ve grown up being told that we need hours of sleep, every night, and that there’s no budging.
But it turns out that’s not exactly true.
Sleep scientist Daniel Gartenberg spoke to Quartz to reveal, "In order to get a healthy eight hours of sleep, which is the amount that many people need, you need to be in bed for 8.5 hours.
"The standard in the literature is that healthy sleepers spend more than 90 percent of the time in bed asleep, so if you’re in bed for eight hours, a healthy sleeper might actually sleep for only about 7.2 hours."
To find out how much sleep your body REALLY needs, he said that when you’re on a holiday, go to bed at your normal time and then take note of
To see how much sleep you really need, Gartenberg said that when on holiday (or on your relaxing weekend off), go to bed at your normal time and note what time you naturally wake up.
"With no stressors or time to get up, you’ll just fall into a natural pattern, and that’s probably how much sleep you actually need.”
I swear my body will naturally wake up at around midday on my days off… so maybe I have an excuse to come in to work late now.
Be sure to make sure you’re getting the sleep your body needs!