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How much sleep do people need every day? Well guys, the short answer is: adults need from 6 to 9 hours per night. I’d say around 7 to 7.5 hours of actual sleep (not counting time falling asleep and getting out of bed) appears to be optimal for most people.
Now, the long answer: it depends. The amount of sleep each person needs depends on many factors, including age, health, and mental activity. There is a genetic influence, too. Some people just need more sleep than others and this runs in families.
Today’s Bite is going to be about something that most of us love to do and actually, that we must do: SLEEP.
Sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being. We spend up to one-third of our lives asleep, and the overall state of our “sleep health” remains an essential question throughout our lifespan.
Most of us know that getting a good night of sleep is important, but too few of us actually make those eight or so hours between the sheets a priority. For many of us with sleep debt, we’ve forgotten what “being really, truly rested” feels like.
Sleep isn’t merely a time when your body shuts off. While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing biological maintenance that keeps your body running in top condition, preparing you for the day ahead. Without enough hours of restorative sleep, you won’t be able to work, learn, create, and communicate at a level even close to your true potential. Regularly skimp on “service” and you’re headed for a major mental and physical breakdown.
The good news is that you don’t have to choose between health and productivity. By addressing any sleep problems and making time to get the sleep you need each night, your energy, efficiency, and overall health will go up. In fact, you’ll likely get much more done during the day than if you were skimping on shuteye and trying to work longer.
To further complicate matters, stimulants like coffee and energy drinks, alarm clocks, and external lights—including those from electronic devices—interferes with our natural sleep/wake cycle.
Have you guys ever heard of sleep deprivation?
Most of us live in a culture that glorifies business. We stay up late to get things done, then we get up early so we can get to work on time. We try not to think about how little sleep we’re getting, how much coffee we’re drinking, and how tired we feel. After all, thinking about it just makes us feel worse, and we feel like we can’t do anything to change the situation and guys, I must confess I’ve always felt like that: working a lot, being productive and taking 5 hours of sleep per night. Taking a nap on Saturdays? What a waste of time. Thank God I can see it clear now and I value my sleep and the quality of it.
Sleep deprivation, at its most basic, means not getting enough sleep. How much sleep you need will depend on who you are and how much you do in a day, but most people need between 7 and 9 hours every night in order to function well the next day. Miss out on some sleep for just a few days, and you will notice its effects.
If you aren’t getting enough sleep, are sleeping at the wrong times, or have a poor quality sleep, you’ll likely feel very tired during the day. You may not feel refreshed and alert when you wake up. Sleep deficiency can interfere with work, school, driving, and social functioning. You might have trouble learning, focusing, and reacting. Also, you might find it hard to judge other people’s emotions and reactions. Sleep deficiency also can make you feel frustrated, cranky, or worried in social situations.
We need to become a culture that values rest as much as we value work and efficiency. As more and more of us come to prioritize sleep in our own lives, this will slowly change. Get more sleep today!
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