You're supposed to get eight hours of nightly rest. I tried that out for a week.
1. Sleep seven to nine hours a night. While there's no magic number, the general rule of thumb for adults is seven to nine
This week, I loaded up a U-Haul van to take my youngest daughter to college for her freshman year, and to help my older daughter get settled in for her junior year. It's a big transition, not just for them but for their mom, who will be an empty nester for the first time in 21 years. Our lives have been so consumed with the details of the move, there hasn't been much time to contemplate the emotional logistics. I thought long and hard about what my parting advice to them should be. I decided on, "get enough sleep!" Indeed, HuffPost College has launched a campaign urging students to replace the traditional "Freshman 15" (pounds), with the "Freshman 8" (hours of sleep). Check out Dr. Michael Breus's post on why this is so important, and these great tips on getting enough sleep in a dorm... without your mommy there to tuck you in.
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We believe getting enough shuteye is the next feminist issue. After all, women have already broken glass ceilings in politics, sports, business and the media -- just imagine what we can do when we're fully awake.
Lately, I've been wondering whether music might become part of my go-to-sleep regimen. I'm searching for some great stuff that will do the opposite of revving me up.
For the first time in probably 10 years, I've only fallen asleep when I meant to, as opposed to on planes, trains, automobiles, over romantic dinners or during family events.
Just one of the startling things I've learned over the last two weeks of the Sleep Challenge is that apparently, when it comes to good health, what you do in the hour right before you go to bed really matters.
Here's a question for all of you: What are you doing less of to make more time for sleep?
Cindi pointed to the weight maintenance benefits of a full night of rest. Click here to find out more about Sleep Challenge
Here is my existential question for you, dear readers: Would you cut short a fun night to avoid paying the groggy-headed price the next day, or do you embrace the moment knowing that perfection isn't always worth it?
After finally reaching my goal of getting eight hours of sleep a night, I was surprised to discover that the exercise-sleep connection is a two-way street: getting enough sleep also helps you exercise better. READ MORE Sleep Challenge 2010: I Fall Off the Wagon (with a Push from Zorba the Greek) WATCH: Arianna and Cindi Leive Explain Sleep Challenge 2010 to Joy Behar HuffPost Turns Over the Top of Every Section to All the Ways We Can Help in Haiti Tucker Carlson Launches "The Right's Answer to HuffPost" - Why I Wish Him Nothing But the Best WATCH: Arianna Talks Geithner and Midterm Elections with Dylan Ratigan WATCH: Arianna on How Pat Robertson Gives Religion a Bad Name
Sleep is actually a combination of 2 systems, your sleep drive (like hunger) and a biological clock that tells you when to sleep. When both are working well together, you sleep best.