Because individual sleep needs vary, experts say the best way to gauge whether you’re getting enough sleep is by how you feel.
“You shouldn’t feel sleepy when you wake up,” says Avelino Verceles, MD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director of the school’s sleep medicine fellowship. “You should be energetic throughout the day and slowly wind down as you approach your usual bedtime.”
Assess your day-to-day abilities and quality of life, says Barry Krakow, MD, medical director of Maimonides Sleep Arts and Sciences, Ltd. in Albuquerque, N.M., and author of Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: 7 Keys to Sleeping Through the Night.
“Ask yourself if your cognitive performance is where you want it to be,” he says. “Are you having conflicts with other employees or your boss over your memory, attention, or concentration -- and particularly your productivity?”
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