Many highly sensitive people struggle with sleep issues. Perhaps it’s because we have trouble turning off our racing minds or decompressing after a stressful day.
Proper sleep is an important part of self-care. Sleep guards us against heart disease, increased risk of illness, poor work performance, mood problems like depression, anger and irritability, and risk of unhealthy weight gain and loss.
How much sleep should you get? There is no magic number. Individual needs vary, and age also plays a role. Use the recommendations below from The National Sleep Foundation as a guideline.
- Toddlers: 12-14 hours
- Preschoolers: 11-13 hours
- School-age children: 10-11 hours
- Adolescents: 9-10 hours
- Adults: 7-9 hours
Some think that highly sensitive people need more sleep than average. Dr. Elaine Aron recommends that HSPs “spend 8-10 hours in bed each day, sleeping or not.” What do you think?
Do you get enough sleep? I don’t! When I’m irritable, not concentrating well, and feeling lethargic, it’s usually because I’m not getting enough sleep. Do you have sleep issues? How many hours do you sleep?