Stealing a catnap in the middle of a work/school day may help – but is it a solution?
Some authorities say we have a growing problem of sleep deprivation, or a lack of good rest with this busy world we live in today. Go, Go, Go….
But sleep “needs” vary depending on age, work intensity, stress , and lifestyle…And though an exact amount cannot be pinpointed, getting a sufficient amount for your individual needs is of high priority!
Lack of adequate sleep has been known to generate irritability, poor vision, slowness, heart disease, depression, sloppiness, colds, distractedness…just to name a few.
Getting a “good’ night’s sleep, however, has equally multiple benefits…such as increased mental clarity, strong cognitive function, stress reduction, weight loss, improved skin, better sex drive, less likely to have accidents…again just to name a few.
Approximately 75 years ago we averaged almost eight hours of sleep a night. Now our general average is down to 6.8. Whether these numbers reflect a serious issue or not is hard to say. However, according to BUSINESS INSIDER, nearly 40% of Americans get less than seven hours a sleep a night and an estimated 70 million have sleep disorders!
With a slightly different perspective, in a research study done by the University of California in 2010, it was suggested that the secret to a long life may come with “just enough sleep”…showing surprising results. The surprise was that when sleep was measured objectively, the best survival (longevity) rate was found among women (ages 50 – 81) who slept 5 to 6.5 hours. (These finding are published on line in the Sleep Medicine journal).
Who decides what just enough is… YOU! YOU! YOU! So time to WAKE UP and SLEEP (more or less) – depending on YOUR needs or objectives.
- The Comfort of Your Own Bed! Enjoy!
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