How many hours you should sleep?
How many hours you and me should sleep? You
may need 8 hours, and I may need only 6 hours. Someone even does
not need any hours sleeping. You are surprised? Yes, there is
someone who do not need any hours sleep everyday for many years.
Why? This is because you are you and I am I. Each one is
There is a mark to tell how many hours you
need to sleep. If you feel fresh, not tired in the morning after
sleeping, the time of the sleeping is enough for you. If you
still feel drowsy, you may need more hours sleep. However, I
have to point out that, if such condition applies to you and you
feel such morning tiredness for a long time, there is something
wrong in your body. Simply having longer time sleeping is not
the solution. I am sure that you have tried that. Right? This is
true if you feel tired all of the day with cold hands or feet.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we
recommend that people sleep according to the circle of the
nature. One should sleep longer during winter. You should go to
bed early and get up later. In summer, you should sleep less.
Just follow the sun set and sun rise. We recommend you to change
your sleeping pattern starting from the Winter. If you did so in
winter, you will feel easier to have less willingness and desire
to sleep in summer. Other wise, if you start to sleep less in
summer, I am sure it is very hard for you to have nice physical
and emotional ability during the day without long time sleep. No
matter you realize or not, our body follows the circle of
nature. We, human being, are still animal species, not superman.
The hours needed for sleeping is
age-related. Do you notice that, kids need longer hours than us
So, don’t worry if you have had the same
long time to sleep as others. Follow your own pattern. Don’t be
misled by the saying that ‘one needs at least 8 hours
sleeping…’. You know your body how long time you need. Other
wise, to prolong your sleeping hours, you may go to doctor and
get pills that may cause some side effects that you actually can
Again, if you still feel tired after long
and long hours sleeping, you need to go to your doctor,
especially TCM doctor. They know well how to help you.