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How much sleep do you need
How much sleep do you need?
They say we need to have 8 hours sleep a night, for a health body and mind. The body needs rest to recharge after a day’s work and play. I only wish I could sleep 8 hours, the only time I sleep 8 hours is when I’m not well. I normally get around 5-6 hours most days most days rarely it’s more. Too little sleep or too much isn’t supposed to be good for you. I do agree if you’ve not had much sleep specially if you’re driving or working and operating some kind of machinery and you need to be alert.
Perhaps I drink too much coffee to sleep, as I love coffee. I know drinking too much coffee isn’t good for you but you only live once you might as well enjoy what you like the most. I have trouble going to sleep, sleeping when you are supposed to sleep. Going to bed and sleeping instead of surfing the net or watching TV. When I get into bed I can’t sleep and end up tossing and turning and wishing I’d stayed up doing something.
People are different
People are different we all like different things from each other. I would guess that sleep or the amount of sleep for each of us is going to be different for you to me. What is a good night’s sleep, falling into bed, going to sleep almost straight away? Going to bed without tossing and turning without thinking when will I get some sleep looking at the clock, waking feeling refreshed ready for the day ahead.
I know people who have 10 hours sleep on most days and still feel tired when they wake, have they had too much sleep? Do people have the recommended 8 hours sleep? I wonder how many people have that amount of sleep regularly. I know people who are in bed by 11 and up by 7 almost every day. If they stay up longer they don’t tend to sleep any longer than their normal time. They can’t or rarely sleep past that time of day. It must be to do with your body clock, telling you what to do without really realising it.
Having babies or have young children can often disrupted your sleep pattern and the amount of sleep you are likely to get. Often not having enough sleep and then becoming costumed to not having much sleep. We need to sleep at some point, but the amount of sleep we need differs greatly from person to person. How sleep do you have or would like to have. Would you like to have more sleep?
Can we survive without sleep, going for days with no sleep? Being up awake for long periods of time without having sleep. Being up awake and having to carry on past you normal sleep time, going past wanting sleep going past being tired. Having power naps, closing your eyes and having a nap for maybe 5 or 10 minutes can refresh you. You then can carry on almost like if you have had a full night sleep.
Have fun and enjoy.