10. Is eight hours the norm?
I have encountered many individuals who have become anxious about their supposed sleep deprivation because they feel they might not be achieving the 'normal' amount of sleep. Although, in my experience, new mothers are less likely to get hung up about this – they know they are going to be sleep-deprived - it's worth knowing that sleep requirements vary from person to person and also depend largely on whether the above strategies are being practised regularly. For most of us, living in this age of information overload, the challenge is to achieve efficient deep sleep rather than a certain quota of hours.