Sleep for Adults

Sleep is essential to our health and well-being. When we sleep our body rests and repairs.

Getting good sleep can protect your mental health, improve your quality of life and lower your risk of injury. Sleep can also¹,²:

  • Boost immunity
  • Improve your mood, memory and productivity
  • Help your body to regulate weight
  • Improve your sex drive
  • Increase your energy
  • Prevent anxiety and depression

The type and duration of sleep you need changes during your lifetime, and the amount varies person-to-person. Shift work³ can impact your ability to sleep as well.

The amount of recommended sleep ranges from 12-16 hours a day for infants to 7-8 hours each night for adults to be well rested.

Here are some tips to help you get better sleep:

  • Develop a bedtime routine
  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine
  • Be physically active during the day
  • Avoid large meals, alcohol, and strenuous exercise just before bedtime
  • Short daytime naps may boost alertness, but may disrupt your nighttime sleep

  1. Cleveland Clinic: What happens to your body when you don’t get enough
  2. NHS, UK: Sleep and tiredness sleep
  3. Cleveland Clinic: Shift Work Sleep Disorder