The amount of sleep we should be getting is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but Dr Meadows recommends that people should be aiming for around seven to eight hours each night. A good quality of sleep is not always about duration, though, and he advises that going through four full cycles of sleep – an hour and a half of transitioning, light, deep and rapid eye movement (REM) – is enough to leave you restored. And do not panic if you sometimes wake up. If you wake up a little bit, it is not the end of the world, because we do naturally wake up at the end of each cycle – a normal sleeper will wake up four to five times, says Dr Meadows.
However, despite knowing it is best to have more, on average, Brits are only getting five to six hours shut-eye a night, according to the British Bedtime Report.
So how do we deal with this sleep deficit? Resolving a poor sleep routine means going back to basics and avoiding overthinking your sleep troubles.
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