It feels so good to lie on a bed with my favorite pillow after a full day. There is something so refreshing about pulling the covers up to my chin and relaxing into the mattress as sleep overtakes my thoughts and my get-up-and-go. However, sometimes sleep is elusive. I toss and turn with loud ideas and little peace.
Sleep is essential for our physical and mental well-being. It is a time when our bodies can rest, recharge, and repair. In fact, sleep is when the greatest healing happens, which explains why we sleep so much when we have an illness or injury.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep a person requires depends on the individual’s age, health, lifestyle, and personal needs. But in general, the recommendations below are based on scientific evidence and research on the relationship between sleep and health.