What are Considered “Normal” Sleep Habits?

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Learn what to expect during sleep.

It's a common question that most people ponder when it comes to sleep: "Am I normal?" Well, there's no one way that every person is supposed to sleep. (For instance, some people require fewer total hours of sleep than others to function optimally.) But these are some signs that you're on the right track.

  1. You're Getting Seven to Nine Hours Per Night.

The number of hours of sleep that a person needs each night can vary depending on age, lifestyle, and other factors. But if you find yourself sleeping for seven to nine hours per night, then you’re a-okay.? If you're sleeping less or more than that and you don't feel refreshed when you wake up, talk to your doctor 

  1. You're Dreaming.

Whether you were riding a unicorn or a lion was chasing you in your mind, dreams are common occurrences when you sleep. You dream for various reasons, and you likely have four to six dreams per night (whether you remember them or not).

  1. You're Waking Up Throughout the Night.

Do you find yourself waking up and then falling asleep soon after throughout the night? You may have gotten to sleep easy enough, but staying that way can sometimes be a struggle. This experience is called “middle insomnia,” and it's completely normal. 

  1. You're Moving Around During Sleep.

Trying to find the most comfortable sleep position can be a challenge for some—with many ending up tossing and turning. But isn’t your body supposed to be in a paralyzed-like state? Sure, but even when your body is at rest, it is still responsive to stimuli. Eventually, as you sleep, you may have an itch or your arm may fall asleep, and your body will react.

  1. You're Taking Naps.

Naps can be life-savers for you—especially if you struggled to get to sleep the night before. Even though you may think that napping can hurt your snooze routine, it can actually be beneficial if you nap for the right amount of time. Napping can assist in suppressing daytime sleepiness and getting over that midday slump (hello, 3:00pm energy crash!). In fact, many employers are now encouraging their employees to get a few zzz’s throughout the workday. Just keep in mind that if you're not napping, that's perfectly fine, too—not everyone feels the need to take a midday snooze.