How much sleep do you need to study well?
On average we sleep 6 till 9 hours a day. This means that we spend approximately one third of our lives in bed. But how long do we really need to sleep to wake up fit and focussed? Sleeping is essential if you want to get good study results.
How many hours of sleep
It differs per person how much sleep you need every night. Studies have proven that if you are a student and you are more of a night person, your grades are mostly lower. Some people can functionate with 7 hours of sleep, others with 8 hours of sleep. People say you need at least 8 hours of sleep, but this isn’t true for everyone. You will know if you sleep enough, by looking at how you feel during daytime. It also depends on your activities on a day, how much sleep you need. If you have to deliver huge achievements mentally and/or physically, your body needs more rest than when not.
Scientists say you’ve slept enough after 4 or 5 hours, if you take some moments to rest during the day, don’t stress and don’t work very hard. A lot of people though experience that they haven’t slept enough after sleeping 4 or 5 hours. This is because everyone is always in a hurry, working, working overtime in the evening or studying non stop for 12 hours. A good sleep at night, together with some relaxing moments during the day, is enough to make you feel good the next day.
The impact of age and gender on your sleeping pattern
The younger your body is, the more sleep you need. This is because your body develops and recovers while sleeping. Studies say that if you are 13-24 years old, you need on average 9 hours of sleep. From 25 years on, you already need less hours, about the 7,5 hours per night. There is also a difference between man and woman when it comes to sleeping. Most of the time, man sleep better than woman. This is because of hormonal and psychosocial differences. Changing hormone-levels have an impact on sleeping this occurs during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.
Do you want to sleep better? Keep these things in mind:
Don’t drink alcohol before going to sleep. Alcohol makes you sleep less good.
An intensive workout just before going to bed is not a good idea: your body is too warm and active to go to rest.
It’s most effective to create a rhythm. For instance, go to sleep every night at 23:00 and wake up at 07:00 in the morning. Your body will get used to this.
Haven’t slept enough? A power nap can help in the afternoon, but will cause you to sleep worse in the evening. It’s better to skip the power nap and go to bed earlier at night.
Really can’t get to sleep? Don’t stay laying in your bed, but do something else for 15 minutes and try to sleep again afterwards.