There are just so many hours in a day – and when life gets hectic it may be tempting to cut back on sleep. Who can afford to spend one third of their lives in bed? In fact, the real question is: who can’t? No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort!
When we sleep, our brains are busy with a variety of internal activities that help prepare us for the day ahead. Just one night of poor or inadequate sleep can affect our mood, our ability to concentrate, to work and to learn. In cases of chronic sleep deprivation, the effects may be much more serious, including an inability to cope with stress, reduced immunity, weight gain, increased risk of diabetes and other health problems.
While requirements may vary between individuals, most healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best.
The best gage of whether or not you’re getting enough sleep is how you feel during the day. If you’re getting enough hours, you’ll feel energetic and alert all day long. If you’re not sure, try getting in sync with your body’s circadian rhythm, i.e. your natural sleep-wake cycle. By keeping a regular sleep schedule, you’ll feel refreshed and energized.
If you’re still having trouble figuring out how much sleep you need, try any of a variety of Android or IOS apps to track your sleep and find your optimum time.
You schedule time for work and other commitments. You also need to schedule enough time for sleep. Just because you’re able to operate on seven hours of sleep doesn’t mean you wouldn’t feel a lot better and get more done if you spent an extra hour or two in bed