I find that I do better with getting enough sleep — and getting good sleep — when I think in terms of sleep-cycles. There’s something magic about that 90-minute number.
My 11 year old came home from his first day of school exhausted, and hit the couch. He was out like a light! I tried to wake him so that he’d sleep that night. No luck. But when I waited until he’d finished the sleep cycle 1 ½ hours — he was able to wake up and sleep that night.
So if you start to feel run down – and let’s be serious, the beginning of a school year does that to us as much as the end of the year – pay attention to sleep cycles. Plan a little, and see if that extra 30 minutes between 7 and 7 ½ hours, or better yet, 8 ½ and 9 hours, makes a difference.
If getting even 6 hours is a challenge, you might search “Sleep” on the site for some other guidance, and take a minute to read