When people ask, how much sleep do you really need, the common answer is to say, “8 hours a night”. Why do we sleep? is probably one of the biggest questions surrounding this strange phenomenon.

However, it is becoming increasingly clear that 8 hours is not enough for everyone. It’s becoming clear how important sleep is.

We know that each and everyone of us is different and so we have done some research into sleep and what affects the amount of sleep that you get, so that we are able to put together a guide to teach you how to get to sleep.

Find out more about the caffeine nap which will give you that extra boost when you wake up from a short nap and learn why you shouldn’t snooze in the mornings.

Sleeping well has a large number of health benefits, so we should all make sure that we have the best sleeping environment.

There are also some diagnosable sleep conditions that should be researched if you are are consistently having problems sleeping or notice that you are always fatigued. Such conditions as sleep apnea and sleep paralysis.

Some people have looked to technology to help them sleep. We’ve done some research on these products, including sleep apps, such as sleep cycle, or sleep products such as SADs lights including the Phillips Hue. We look into into sleep trackers as part of the ‘quantified self’. We also look into mattresses and how they can affect your sleep.

We have found that not all technology is good for you, with the side effects of blue light on sleeping being well documented. It has also been shown that vitamin D can help you sleep, but you should be wary of other forms of medication. Are sleeping pills really good for you, for example? Also, unsurprisingly, sleep can affect your weight.

If you want to learn more about the science of sleep, we’ve got articles on the stages of sleep.

We also answer some of the most frequently asked questions, such as does reading help you sleep and what is a healthy evening routine.

It’s important that  you do not use the information on this site as a replacement for professional help. There are a number of official bodies that have been set up to help people with sleep. You can find more information here.