How Much Sleep Do I Need

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Are you exhausted despite getting a solid 6 hours, napping most days, and sleeping until 2 p.m. on Saturdays? Wondering why you can’t get to that 8 a.m. and why you hit snooze 10 times before getting out of bed? Join Katy as she shares how to figure out how much sleep you truly need, why sleep is essential to health, happiness, and academic performance, and strategies for getting the sleep you need even during college.

Getting enough high quality sleep is the number one challenge students struggle with during college. Sleep deprivation and unhealthy sleep habits have been set as the norm during the college experience. Sleeping only a few hours at night, sleeping in, napping, sleeping through class, sleeping in public and sleeping all weekend have become key common parts of the college experience.

The truth is crappy sleep is not a badge of honor. Sleep is as essential to human wellness as food, water, and shelter. Healthy sleep especially important for brains that are doing a lot of learning and students. Recent research out of the University of Albany found the brain literally cleans itself during sleep. Plus, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that healthy sleep is critical to memory formation.

Don’t underestimate the power and importance of sleep. Your body is not doing nothing while you sleep. It’s hard at work repairing injuries, solidifying memories, and literally cleaning your brain. Sleep is an essential part of the human experience that should be part of each day just like brushing your teeth.


Download your copy of our Better Sleep Starter Guide to figure out if you are getting the sleep you need each day.

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