“Normal sleep” is not easily described. The amount, timing and quality of sleep all vary considerably with age. In addition, at all ages there is tremendous variability among individuals. Most experts agree that “normal” sleep involves falling asleep in less than 30 minutes, sleeping at least 85 to 90 percent of the time in bed, and sleeping enough time to be alert the next day. However, even the best sleepers have a bad night from time to time, usually related to stress or illness. Probably the most important indications that sleep is normal are feeling satisfied with your sleep and being refreshed without daytime fatigue or sleepiness the next day.
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- How does sleep relate to weight?
- How much sleep do I need?
- What is a Pre-Bed Routine?
- What should I avoid before bed?
- What are some good pre-bed activities?
- Why is sleep important?
- Do energy drinks affect sleep?
- How do nicotine and smoking tobacco affect sleep?
- How does nutrition affect sleep?
- Should I read or watch television in bed?