How much sleep should I get? Sleep demystified. Basics n°5 about sleep
You may be disappointed but this is not going to be easy. Just like the amount of food you need, the duration of sleep you will need is personal. Sleep need is related to a person’s activity, but also to genetics. For the same physical activity, people can take less than 6 hours of sleep while others will need 9+ hours. It is therefore impossible to set a standard duration. Everyone must determine their sleep needs.
Sleep needs vary across ages and are especially impacted by lifestyle and health. To determine how much sleep you need, it’s important to examine what factors of your own lifestyle are affecting the quality and quantity of your sleep then assessing how you respond to different amounts of sleep. Of course, the quality of your sleep will also impact how much time you need.
But let’s say your sleep quality is good, the National Sleep Foundation assess an adult sleep duration to be between 7 to 9 hours. There is a good chance that it suits you by looking at the distribution diagram below.
But as you see on the graph it won’t suit everybody since there are exceptions.
The best way to find naturally your sleep need is to assess how you respond to different sleep duration. Do the test without having done sports activity the day preceding. See how you respond to that. If you feel tired, you add another cycle duration to the next night. On the contrary, remove one if you feel good. Once you have found the sleep duration that suits you in normal condition, we advise you to add a cycle on the days of sports activity to help your body restore better.
The easy way is to use the Circular ring. The ring will detect automatically your sleep cycle length, assess how you respond to your current sleep schedule by analyzing several parameters that reflect your energy such as your heart rate variability, your sleep quality, your time to fall asleep, your activity, etc… and recommend you the perfect time you need to sleep.