Find Your Perfect Sleep

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By: Mike Dunn | Jimmy Rhoades | Adapted For Web By Dave Hanson Posted: 3:24 PM, Sep 14, 2022 Updated: 4:19 PM, Sep 14, 2022

For a long time, traditional wisdom has been that we all need eight hours of sleep every night.  But the fact is we’re all very different people, with wildly different circumstances and needs — and how old we are is also a big factor.   Dr. Michael Breus, the Sleep Doctor, is wiping the sand from our eyes, clearing up misconceptions and telling us how to find your perfect sleep, at any age.

Let’s start with the 20’s and 30’s 

When we’re in teens, we sleep like babies… but as we slide toward our 30’s, sleep starts to get a little bit more challenging.  Part of this can be blamed on what Dr. Breus calls social jet lag — at age 18 or 19, staying up until two o’clock in the morning and sleeping until 11 seems natural, but when you try to do that in your 30’s, things get rocky, and fast!  One of the reasons —if you stay up late on Friday, sleep in on Saturday, stay up late on Saturday, sleep in on Sunday, you have big trouble sleeping on Sunday night.  That’s because it only takes two days to shift your Circadian Rhythm.  If you’re building a career or a family and you don’t want every Monday to be a nightmare, these are the years you start prioritizing going to bed and waking up at the same time – no matter how wimpy or annoying it is.

Next – your 40’s and 50’s

As we ease into our 40’s, we begin to lose the slow wave sleep our body needs to restore itself. We also become more impacted by light and sound.   Since this is the age we start losing muscle and strength, this is a good time to get back to the gym — the exercise that’ll shore up your body will also help you sleep better.

Finally – your 60’s and beyond

A lot of people retire between 55 and 60 — and the looser schedule usually means changes in wake up times, which can be disruptive.  In our late 60’s and 70’s the ability to sleep deeply can also deteriorate, and we can wake up several times a night.  This causes people to take more naps which ruins sleep even more. To fight this, keep your nutrition in line and stay active!

We’re waking up to the truth about sleep.