New research suggests that the amount of sleep you should get is dependent upon your genetic makeup and lifestyle.1 Short sleepers often have a more vigorous lifestyle, while long sleepers need more breaks and less stress. Although some people try to reduce the amount of time spent sleeping, it’s a good idea to let your lifestyle and natural preferences dictate how many hours of deep sleep you need each night.
The amount of sleep a person should get varies based on what you may be reading or watching, but the common belief is somewhere between 6–9 hours a night. There’s a nap-sized gap in that range, so what’s the right amount of sleep for you?
“Short sleepers often have a more vigorous lifestyle, while long sleepers need more breaks and less stress.”
Sleep Need: How Much Sleep and What Kind? Ernest Hartmann, Frederick Baekeland, George Zwilling, and Patrick Hoy.