How Much Sleep do we Need and How to Sleep Better #CommitToSleepSweeps

How Much Sleep do we Need and How to Sleep Better #CommitToSleepSweeps

This post about how much sleep do we need and how to sleep better is  brought to you by Sleep Number. The content and opinions expressed below are that of close to home.









I am an early bird. I do not mind waking up in the morning to start the day but by 9 pm put me in a lateral position and I am out for the night. However I don’t think I am getting the right amount of sleep each night as I toss and turn. A few weeks ago we talked about sleep deprivation and how knowing your Sleep IQ can help get more sleep.

So how Much Sleep do you actually need?  Many experts believe that between 7.5 and 8.5 hours of sleep a night is optimal. However, better sleep does not refer to just the length of time we sleep. Actually the quality of sleep is more important that the quantity. According to The better Sleep Council: 6 hours of deep refreshing sleep is more beneficial than 8 hours of light interrupted sleep.

Tips To Sleep Better**: This is great for adults and Kids

  1. Establish a consistent sleep schedule by sleeping at the same time each day of the week (including weekends). As awful as it seems, also put on an alarm even on the weekends. 
  2. Relax before sleeping. Put away those iPads and running shoes. Instead take out a magazine or book or do relaxation exercises. 
  3. Too hot or too cold can create a less than optimal sleeping environment. Put light reducing blinds, make sure any electronics even the cable box are turned off. Computer or phone chargers often have lights that are distracting and have a ceiling fan if possible to move the air. Ensure your bedding is of adequate quality
  4. Do your fur balls or kids sleep with you? You might need to get a larger bed with  enough space to share. My husband likes to sleep in the middle of the bed so size would not matter. 
  5. Watch what you eat and drink before bed. Avoid sugar, caffeine and even alcohol can disrupt sleep. I may fall asleep quickly after a glass of two of wine, but sometimes I will wake up in the middle of the night with a headache. 
  6. ** It does take up to thirty days to break a habit, so be patient.

  Currently, few Americans actually track their sleep like they do other parts of their lives, 43% track exercise, 41% track diet, but only 16% track sleep. Sleep Number® DualAir™ technologymakes tracking your sleep easy – with SleepIQ® technology, you have nothing to wear, nothing to turn on All you have to do is sleep. I am anxious to try the SleepIQ® technology system and use the data to identify routines and factors that affect my sleep. SleepIQ® technology is available with all Sleep Number beds and it is time to commit to sleeping better. Who wants to join me the month and #CommittToSleep Campaign? 


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  1. Sorry you’re not sleeping well right now, Courtney! Stop by your local store whenever you’re ready to start mattress shopping and we’ll see what we can do to help get you sleeping better.

  2. Have you tried taking a nap during the day when you don’t get enough sleep the night before, Trisha? It could help make up a little of that sleep debt.

  3. Wow would I love to be able to sneak some more sleep in!

  4. Man, do I ever need to work on this! I notice such a difference in everything from my look to my ability to think clearly when I get enough sleep.

  5. Sleep is actually one area that I’m good in. As soon as the kids are in bed and my head hits the pillow , I’m out.

  6. We totally need a new mattress. I get enough hours, but the quality is bad! 8 hrs of bad sleep does not equal 6-7 hrs of good sleep, its amazing how bad sleep affects us too. Lots of good tips here though, I will have to try them!

  7. I could really use some better to sleep but its hard with my infant who can sometimes be a night owl! This is something to work on though! Thanks for the tips!

  8. I tend to get 6 + most nights. Now and then I have problems staying asleep.

  9. Have you tried setting an alarm for when you need to go to bed, Krystal? That could help you get to sleep a little earlier.

  10. We hope you’ll stop by soon and give our beds a try, Censie. Let us know if we can help you find a local store!

  11. I don’t sleep well. I probably get about 3-4hrs sleep a night but I’m trying to change that. I know it’s from my military days but with time I’ll get more and more.

  12. Have you tried a white noise machine to help with that, Jessica? It could help block outside noise so your sleep isn’t interrupted as easily.

  13. Our beds aren’t in every hotel, but there are quite a few hotels out there that offer them! Just enter “Hotels in (city) AND “Sleep Number”” in your favorite search engine when you’re planning your next trip and you should find a few options to choose from. 🙂

  14. Stop by whenever you’re ready, Emerald. We’d love to help you find a bed that’s perfect for you. 🙂 How do you deal with stress when it’s affecting your sleep?

  15. Have you tried adding a comfort pad to your bed, Becca? Extra padding could help get your husband more comfortable so he doesn’t toss and turn as much and could also help cushion his movements so you don’t feel every bounce.

  16. Have you tried a nap during the day to help with this, Laura? Napping could help you stay fresh on days when you can’t get enough sleep during the night and keeping it to 25-30 minutes or 60-90 minutes can help keep you from feeling groggy when you wake up. Hope this helps!

  17. I never feel like I have had a good night’s sleep. Thanks for these tips hopefully my sleeping pattern will improve.

  18. I need to get better about sleep. I stay up late, up early, never get a restful sleep! I need to try harder.

  19. I am an awful sleeper! I never wake up feeling freshed. I am always tired and it totally affects the rest of my day.

  20. Great tips! I never get enough sleep and have been wanting to try something like this to get me into a better routine for bedtime. Gonna give these a try!

  21. I have Circadian Rhythm Disorder so while most people are awake, I’m asleep. I also toss and turn like a maniac. I wonder if my current mattress is causing additional issues too….I have been better at keeping electronics turned off.
    I definitely need 8 hours of sleep to even feel decent.

  22. I usually get 6 hours. Not enough!! We are really wanting to buy a new bed.

  23. I probably get about 4-5 uninterrupted hours of sleep a night. I’d like to do better with that, but as I get older it’s harder. With kids, I now sleep a lot lighter than I ever used to!

  24. I’m a terrible sleeper and napper! These are great tips! Hopefully they help me!

  25. I find that I sleep better when I am on a schedule! These are great tips!

  26. My sleep schedule gets so messed up when I travel. I wish there was a sleep number in every hotel.

  27. I’m an early-to-bed person too. I am a complete zombie if I don’t. Great article!

  28. Sometimes I stay up too late and that interferes with my sleep. I don’t do it too often though!

  29. Sometimes sleep really evades me depending on my stress levels. When I’m stressed, it’s harder to sleep. I’d love to have a sleep number bed! 🙂

  30. I know I don’t sleep well. Hubby is a kangaroo in bed always bouncing.

  31. We have three pets and I swear once we got our king-sized bed, it seemed small again really fast because of the pets!
    I can’t eat within 1-2 hours before bed or I can’t sleep well!

  32. I’m good with 4-5 hours of sleep each day. I think sleep is different from rest … what we really need is rest when both our minds and body are in state of total relaxation

  33. Sleep is critical and so so hard to get with small kids and a crazy schedule.

  34. Do you have time for a nap during the day, Mama to 5? Some studies have shown taking a power nap can help pay back some sleep debt if you aren’t able to get the sleep you need during bedtime. Just make sure your naps are either 25-30 minutes or 60-90 minutes to try to avoid feeling groggy when you wake up. Hope you can start sleeping better soon!

  35. When you eat can also have a big impact, Heather. Try to not eat anything heavy within 3 hours of bedtime. Hope you start sleeping better soon!

  36. Have you tried setting an alarm for bedtime yet, Bri? That could really help you create the schedule you’re working on.

  37. I’ve been sleeping much better since I started exercising and not eating at night!

  38. I wish I could get more sleep! Baby waking up to nurse during the night does not help!

  39. I agree abt the alcohol. I seem to wake in the middle of the night after a few drinks. It really isn’t worth it for me bc I NEEED my sleep

  40. My sleep patterns are completely messed up. We go to bed super early and are up really early too but there are nights when I just can’t fall asleep no matter what I try.
    I find if I get less than 7 hours I have tons of energy but if I get over 8 I am sluggish and exhausted.
    We are changing the way we eat so hopefully that helps!

  41. I have learned that quality sleep does not equal how many hours I sleep. I need to get on a set schedule so I can sleep better everyday.

  42. I would sleep just fine if my husband went and snored in another room 😉

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