Author: Diana Gordon, Psy.D.
In a recent article, the New York Times asked whether people can train themselves to need less sleep. As insomnia specialists, one of the most common questions we receive from patients is "Do I really need to sleep 8 hours every night?" A lot of people are understandably frustrated and discouraged by years of having trouble hitting that target number. They have tried a lot of different strategies for improving their sleep and still find themselves having trouble getting enough. As this article points out, it really is essential for people to get enough sleep at night. While sleep needs do vary among adults, most people need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. If you're not getting enough sleep at night, CBT for Insomnia is a short term, evidence based, and highly effective method for improving your sleep duration and quality. Contact us to learn more, and see the link below for additional information about how much sleep is enough.
Diana Gordon, Psy.D., Kari Kagan Psy.D., and Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
Drs. Gordon, Kagan, and Leoni practice psychotherapy in downtown San Francisco and Oakland. Their areas of expertise include anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, and addiction. They blog about these topics to provide research-based information about common problems and strategies to help manage them.