How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?


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I was thinking for a topic for this blog, and whilst doing so I was thinking "man, it's 1 am, I really need sleep". I then wondered how much sleep I really need to be fully functional the next day.

Bingo!


So, according to the national sleep foundation, there isn't a "magic number" for how many hours of sleep we need. Indeed, there is a general suggested time for each age group, but the basal needs for everyone also depends on the individual.

This is supported by Men's Health News, which states that lack of sleep and fatigue aren't necessarily positively correlated. This means that it's possible that you can still feel groggy tomorrow morning even if you get 10 hours of sleep.

So, what does this mean for us?

For adults, the recommended amount of sleep is 7-8 hours a night. Even though you may still feel tired after waking up, it's a solid amount of sleep and it should give you enough energy to perform complex tasks throughout the day, even if you're tired when you wake up. So even if you feel tired, don't be so quick to hit snooze.

Of course, if you can function properly with only a few hours of sleep, by all means, keep going at your late nights and early mornings. Research shows that as long as you feel functional, you should be alright.


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I really enjoy sleeping. In fact, it is probably one of my favorite past times. I never seem to have a problem with my sleep schedule because I always manage to get around 8 hours of sleep. I always believed those myths that you could catch up on some sleep by sleeping an extra few hours on another night but this article here explains how myths like that are actually not true: http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleeping.htm
The article also talks about how the quantity of sleep is not as important as the quality of sleep. I highly recommend checking that article out because it talks about all some really interesting stuff about sleep.

I always need sleep too! As it turns out, the person who holds the record for longest amount of time awake in a row is Randy Gardner. He stayed awake for 11 days for a science experiment, but at the end of the days he was barely functional, which is easy to imagine, becasuse I'm barely functional for my 8 a.m.s on tuesdays!
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-long-can-humans-stay

I always need sleep too! As it turns out, the person who holds the record for longest amount of time awake in a row is Randy Gardner. He stayed awake for 11 days for a science experiment, but at the end of the days he was barely functional, which is easy to imagine, becasuse I'm barely functional for my 8 a.m.s on tuesdays!
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-long-can-humans-stay

I was interested in this article because I am always tired. No matter how much sleep I get, I always feel like I could sleep several more hours. Sometimes my mom tells me I get too much sleep, but I never believed her. I always knew that 8 hours of sleep was necessary, but I wonder why I am more prone to being tired than others? My friends always have energy, while I am always ready for a nap. I have yet to find the perfect amount of sleep for my body, but I definitely need more than less. According to businessinsider.com, the amount of sleep you get is linked to how much you weigh. If you want to learn more check out this site below!

http://www.businessinsider.com/15-things-you-should-know-about-sleep-2012-6?op=1

For some reason I always thought getting only a few hours of sleep isn't good for you. Lately, I've been falling asleep at 2:30 am and waking up absolutely exhausted. But then, once I wake up, I can't fall back to sleep. Then, I'm more tired later on in the day. I want to nap but I'm afraid that I will fall asleep even later than I usually do. I've been looking into things that will help me sleep and this article really helped for anyone with the same problems I'm having. http://www.smaggle.com/2011/10/19/fall-asleep-stay-asleep/

This is what I think about every night that I don't go to sleep on time... I usually aim for AT LEAST 7 hours of sleep and I rejoice for every extra I can get. I'm sure this is terrible for my body to stay up this late but hey homework isn't gonna get done by itself... Soon I'll be looking up articles like this though.. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-requirements

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