Are You Getting Enough Sleep? – Check Your Sleeping Habits During National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2015!

Hey everyone! It’s National Sleep Awareness Week! (And if you’re like most people, chances are you know you’re not getting enough of it!)
National Sleep Awareness Week is an annual public education and awareness campaign hosted by the National Sleep Foundation to promote the importance of sleep. The week begins with the announcement of the National Sleep Foundation’s annual “Sleep in America” poll results and ends with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time, where Americans lose one hour of sleep. (Which is something I’ve been looking forward to oddly enough.. not the losing an hour part, but the extended daylight hours for working outside in my garden!)
All things considered, the timing of this sleep awareness shindig is almost laughable, considering I have been in the throes of third trimester insomnia (I just can’t get comfortable!!) and I am on the verge of having a newborn that will probably NOT follow in the footsteps of her older sister and sleep through the night. So the concept of “getting enough sleep” is somewhat elusive to me at the moment.
However, it’s something that I think is worth promoting and TRYING to work on and enhance! Getting enough sleep is pretty much as vital to overall health as drinking enough water. (Another area I struggle with, ironically enough.)
Anyhoo, this years National Sleep Awareness poll focuses on “Sleep and Pain” (click here to check out the full poll and study findings). The key findings of this years study are: 
– Good health is related to good sleep
– Pain is associated with lower sleep quality, more sleep problems, and greater sleep debt
In the poll, those who rated their health or quality of life more highly (very good or excellent) reported getting approximately 30 minutes more sleep on average in the past 7 days than those who rated their health or quality of life as poor or fair.  Those who rate their general health more highly were approximately twice as likely to rate their sleep quality as very good or excellent (63% vs. 31%).

So How Much Sleep Do You Need?

The amount of sleep a person needs depends on many factors, including age. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours a night for the best amount of sleep, although some people may need as few as 6 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each day.
How you feel and perform during the day is related to how much sleep you get the night before. If sleepiness interferes with your daily activities, well, you need more sleep! (Duh!) But even if you’re not snoozing at your laptop mid-day, it’s a FACT that getting sufficient sleep each night will improve the quality of your waking hours.

Too little sleep may cause:

– Memory problems
– Depression
– A weakening of your immune system, increasing your chance of becoming sick
– Increase in perception of pain
Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression— which threaten overall health. Not getting enough sleep is not only associated with the onset of these diseases, but it also complicates their management and outcome.

On the flip side, getting enough sleep will:

– Help your body to repair itself, fight infection and stay healthy
– Promote heart health and keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check
– Reduce stress hormones and lower blood pressure
– Improve your memory, understanding and information retention
– Help with weight loss and decrease appetite
– Reduce the occurrence of mood swings, depression and anxiety

Tips For Better Sleeping Habits

Obviously, everyone who struggles with lack of sleep has drastically differing reasons as to WHY they aren’t getting the beauty Z’s. But hopefully some of these tips can help you to get more sleep, or at the very least, improve the quality of sleep that you do get!
As the mom of a toddler and a soon to be newborn, I’m not facing this years National Sleep Awareness week challenges with much confidence that I will “nail it” in getting enough nap time in over the next few months… but I’m gonna try gosh darn it!

To promote better sleep:

– Go to bed at the same time each night, and rise at the same time each morning.
– Sleep in a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold.
– Make your bed comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music.
– Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.
– Avoid large meals before bedtime.
– And, (a reminder), plan ahead so you get enough sleep this weekend! Daylight savings is Saturday night, so you lose an hour of sleep! Plan accordingly!

 Are you getting enough sleep? Are there any helpful tips you plan to implement to improve your sleep quality? Share below!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at or via the contact form on her website at

68 thoughts on “Are You Getting Enough Sleep? – Check Your Sleeping Habits During National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2015!

  • 3 March, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Woah, sometimes I think I get too much sleep, geeky girl! I don’t know why my body prefers 9 hours than 8 to sleep!

    • 3 March, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      I usually do best on 7 hours of sleep.. but if left to my own devices, I easily sleep 9-10 hours!!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 12:21 am

    i used to have the worst sleep for years and i thought that i would be stuck with having crappy sleep for the rest of my life. then i turned my health around, stopped eating all that crap and started exercising. it was only then that my sleep did a 180 and now i get awesome sleep 🙂

    i do find that when i worked out early in the mornings (i had to get up at the crack of dawn to work out for 5am), i slept like the dead. now that i’m not working anymore, i no longer have to be up that early and my sleep is still good.

    • 4 March, 2015 at 12:22 am

      That’s awesome!! I really want to focus on my sleep, my water intake, and limited processed foods after the baby arrives. My health isn’t bad, and I generally do a great job with healthy living.. I just want to take it to the next level, ya know? ^_^

  • 4 March, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I probably sleep too much! Very interesting post. A newborn on the way plus a toddler, oh my goodness! I hope you manage to get some sleep at some point…

  • 4 March, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Man, I’ve been running on 4 hours of sleep for way too long. I need to start making sleep a priority. I didn’t realize all the health risks and benefits there are associated with it. Thanks for writing this post!


    • 4 March, 2015 at 2:58 am

      4 hours of sleep?!?! OMG!! How are you awake like.. right now!? lol

  • 4 March, 2015 at 1:48 am

    No Gingi.. I do not get enough sleep… I was pretty sure I didn’t but now I have a Fitbit that measures it… I am getting less than I thought… hence my exhausted state all the time… I am working on getting more… somehow xox

  • 4 March, 2015 at 1:50 am

    I am one of those lucky people who can sleep anywhere, anytime, all the time (if required) 😉

  • 4 March, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Thanks for sharing Gingi! I usually get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep and feel pretty good about it! It I get less, it can be a problem 🙂

    • 4 March, 2015 at 3:56 am

      I generally get that amount as well! The problem with me, is that the sleep generally isn’t good quality! hehe..

  • 4 March, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Definitely something I should pay more attention to! THank you for sharing this!

    XO Imke

    • 4 March, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Of course! Thanks for stopping by!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Your post is very informative and of great importance! I know my sleep will be affected when I become a mother. But at least I have a good reason and don´t have to get up at 05.30am to go to work 🙂 I have found out that meditations and an evening body scan do wonders for my sleep. Keep up the good work dear friend <3

    • 4 March, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Haha, I actually thought of you when I was typing about my upcoming newborn.. You’ll have to let me know how you manage to get enough sleep in! I know if anyone can do it, you can! <3 <3

      • 5 March, 2015 at 9:31 pm

        You are too sweet <3 I was thinking about you today when our little one had a workout in my tummy lol You are almost there! Can´t be far now – soon little Thyme shows up. I am so excited 🙂

        • 5 March, 2015 at 10:26 pm

          Yeah, any day now!!! I am soooo impatient for her to get here!!!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    It looks like I’m doing everything wrong! I get home from work at different times each night, TV is in the bedroom and I sure can facebook until the wee hours of the morning! No wonder I feel grumpy most of the time!

    • 4 March, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Hahaha, my downfall is my smartphone and Pinterest in bed. 😉

  • 4 March, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Good article! Though removing gadgets wouldn’t work for me! If I don’t have an alarm clock I would sleep 10 hours or more. Sleep has never been a problem but going to bed has. I always find so much to do when everyone is asleep, I love the solitude!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    My sleeping habit is like a yo-yo. Some days I sleep well whereas it can be a nightmare when I can’t. I know how important sleeping is. So I try to shut my mind and rest.

    • 4 March, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      I’m the same generally.. my sleeping habits are very sporadic!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I have been finding that I am getting too much sleep and it is making me feel awful. I have no energy, so I am trying to find a happy balance.

  • 4 March, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I am definitely guilty of watching shows on my laptop in bed. I guess I should change that. I am sure there is some room for improvement! Thanks for sharing this!

    • 4 March, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Mine is my smart phone and Facebook / Pinterest, haha!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I actually haven’t slept well two nights in a row! I read your post title and was like…nooooooo
    Hopefully I’ll correct it tonight. Great tips!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    This sounds cool! I may need to try this out!
    Melanie @

  • 4 March, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    This has not been one of my better sleep weeks. I am working on a 1000 piece puzzle and have stayed up a tad too late the past couple of nights. I usually go to bed no later than 10 and get up at 4. Not this week. The 4:00 yeah, but the 10:00 time is a wash.

    • 4 March, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      10pm and 4am?! You are crazy man!!! hehe…

  • 4 March, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I need to have more sleep:)

    • 4 March, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      I do that too! I should have added it to the list!!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this! I usually don’t get enough sleep, so I definitely find this information really helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I know I don’t get enough sleep by any means. Just a sad fact since having kids, but definitely appreciate the tips and any advice. So thank you so much!! 😉

    • 4 March, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Of course! Thanks for stopping by! <3

  • 4 March, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Yes, sleep is so important! I follow these tips and do the same for my son too.

    • 4 March, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Yeah, it’s one no one really discusses much when overall health is concerned!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I need about 7 hours of sleep to stay happy, but it doesn’t always happen. Anything more than 7 hours and I actually wake up with a backache from laying down too long. I’m grateful for posts like your with the reminder of sleep benefits. I need them!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately so this is a much needed reminder. I’m definitely feeling the effects!

    • 4 March, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Get your zzzzzz’s girl!!!!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I suffer from insomnia since my mid 20s, I tried everything therapy and sleeping pills but none helped in the long term. The only time I managed really good sleep was when I was pregnant with my youngest son, I could sleep ALL DAY. LOL! Gosh, how I miss that.

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  • 4 March, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I am a big believer in getting enough sleep! It makes all the difference in my day. My freshman year of college I got like 2-4 hours of sleep a night. I look back on that and wonder how on earth I survived! The rest of college I got 4-6 hours of sleep, but ever since I entered “adult life” I have always gotten an average of 7-9 hours of sleep a night. A lot of times on the longer end. It makes all the difference! 🙂

    • 4 March, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      I am not a grouch when I’m sleep deprived, so much as I’m a zombie that moans “coffeeeee” (instead of brains, haha!)…

  • 4 March, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I really struggle getting to sleep and staying to sleep, I’ve tried all sorts and I can get to the point where I’m reading and falling asleep, but as soon as I try to sleep I wake up again!

    Corinne x

  • 5 March, 2015 at 1:31 am

    I rarely get a full 5 hours of sleep so I know I’m not getting enough. I try – go to bed at the same time, get up at the same time…It is the hours in between that are the problem. I wake up multiple times and sometimes stay awake for 1-2 hours.

    • 5 March, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      That stinks!! I feel cranky whenever I get broken sleep.. hope you find a good “go back to bed” solution!! <3

  • 5 March, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Ha! Sleep! Maybe the idea behind this to not have young children lol. I wouldn’t seriously give up the joys of having Baby Boy in my life even if more sleep was part of the equation.

    Lately, sleep has been good. I figured out years ago that I need at least 6 hours to function well, but harder days/times likely call for more. Also, very dark and quiet are my methods. Sometimes the ins no a kicks in, but not too often anymore 🙂

  • 5 March, 2015 at 6:39 am

    It seems like you can never get the perfect amount of sleep either it’s too much or too little. I find that as long as I get at least 6 hours I’m fine, and I can’t make myself sleep more than 8!

    Danika Maia

  • 5 March, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Personally, I feel that I am not getting enough quality sleep due to dreams and sometimes bad sleeping postures! It’s challenging to eliminate television and other gadgets from the bedroom for me but I will try to work on it!


    • 5 March, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      I am having trouble getting comfortable due to being pregnant right now… I’m hoping that clears up with, ya know.. having the baby! lol

  • 5 March, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    i am certain that i’m not getting enough sleep. i’ve never been a good sleeper, even as a kid.

  • 5 March, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    In fact I fear you won’t get enough sleep in the next future, but not sleeping enough wasn’t hard on me when I was young so maybe you won’t suffer the consequences at the moment and can recuperate.
    I have a period where I don’t sleep well/enough – and it can be seen in my face, pace, and yes, memory……


    • 6 March, 2015 at 12:25 am

      Yeah, I’m catching up on my sleep now, while I can! My husband is being a dear and taking care of Tessa in the night (she STILL won’t sleep the whole night through!).. so I am VERY lucky!!

  • 6 March, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I have such a difficult time with sleep. Have for years. BUT I am guilty of keeping the TV on and using gadgets. When I stop that I do fall asleep faster with less anxiety! Great tips 🙂



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  • 6 March, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I actually know people who can get by on five hours of sleep every night. That never works for me! I need 7-9 and I’m healthiest when it happens.

  • 14 March, 2015 at 3:44 am

    I haven’t felt like I’ve gotten enough sleep in a long time. Nowadays, even when I sleep for eight hours, I wake up tired. Though my doctor assures me that this is totally normal at six months pregnant with a toddler at home. I remember when I was pregnant with my son I always talked about being tired, and veteran parents would laugh at me and say that I had no idea what tired was. They were right. And now I have no idea what to expect with our next little one!

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