As Americans in the 21st century, a good night's sleep (let alone many in a row) can seem as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster—a mere myth. We're glued to our various gadgets and social media accounts, taking work to bed with us, and our personal and professional success seems to get measured against the extent to which we can "do it all" without ever stopping. Meanwhile, we feel the pressure to get the magic eight: those perfect, seemingly unattainable eight hours of sleep we've been told are essential for our health and well-being.
If you worry about achieving the ideal amount of sleep each night, wonder if you really need eight hours or can survive on less, or want to know just how bad it is to chronically under-sleep, you're in luck. We interviewed national sleep expert and behavioral scientist Wendy Troxel, whose research and statements are backed by The National Institutes of Health and a Ph.D. in clinical and health psychology, for the truth about how many hours of sleep you need and much more.
Keep clicking for a major awakening on your sleep habits.