How many hours of sleep do you get a night? We know we are supposed to get 8, right? That is what we were always told. Well that is not really true now.

According to sleep researchers, modern life has gotten so stressful that now we really need eight-and-a-half hours of sleep to be healthy.

Here's why. All of the distractions we get bombarded with during the day are making it harder for us to fall asleep, or go back to sleep when we wake up in the middle of the night.

That is my problem. I can fall asleep, but always seem to wake up a few hours before I have to get up. I have a hard time falling back to sleep. Do you have that same problem?

So it turns out we need that extra 30 minutes of sleep to actually get a full eight hours of sleep.

They say that if you bump yourself up from six or seven hours of sleep a night to eight or eight-and-a-half, you might be shocked at how high of a level of energy you will really have.