I'll Sleep When I'm Dead


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     As children our mothers were always so worried about us "getting your 8 hours of sleep", am I right? I couldn't even begin to imagine how many times I've heard my mom say that I needed 8 hours of sleep in order to function and be healthy, but is that actually true? Technically, it's not. According to The National Sleep Foundation, there is no "magic number" when it comes to sleep. The amount of sleep someoneone needs to be healthy is very individual and there are different factors to be taken into consideration, such as age and gender, so the hours of sleep needed Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Sleep Needs.jpgvaries for everyone. By now we all should know how much sleep we personally need to function properly and get through the day. For me, I can survive off of three hours of sleep a night, and I have for many months. Was that a healthy decision? Probably not and I will be the first to admit that. I used to think to myself "Yes! I slept for 3 hours, I'm good for the day!"  I have changed my horrible sleeping habits, and I do feel a lot better now, mentally and physically. This past summer I think I slept maybe 4 days, and that's not even an exaggeration. What am I doing now? It's 2 a.m. on a school night and I'm up listening to music and typing this blog post. I understand that three hours of sleep is kind of pushing it because that just doesn't cut it, but I don't believe that people should need 9 hours of sleep to function throughout their day properly. According to WebMD's 7 Myths About Sleep, the number one myth is: To function best you need to get eight hours of sleep. Another relevant myth about sleeping was: If you can get it, more sleep is always healthier. WebMD states that "Some studies have found that people who slept more than eight hours a night died younger than people who got between six and eight hours." WebMD also mentions that oversleeping has been linked to multiple serious medical issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and has also been proven to increase risk of death. Depression is strongly associated with oversleeping as well. But on the other hand, the lack of sleep can also be very dangerous. According to Rusty Lindquist of Life Engineering, going a day without sleep, or a number of days on reduced sleep, and your cognitive impairment is equal to being legally drunk.

      You would think that the more sleep people get at night, the better their brain will function, but that's not entirely true. Think about it. Have you ever slept for eight hours, and still woke up tired, not wanting to get out of bed? Also, have you ever slept between 5-6 hours, and woke up feeling ready for the day? It's safe to say that over sleeping is just as harmful to people as undersleeping. So as a result, and my overall point, find the right amount of sleeping time for you that makes you the best you that you could be! :)

 

I used these 3 websites for information, so feel free to click on them to learn more!

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/physical-side-effects-oversleeping

http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/7-myths-about-sleep

http://life-engineering.com/2052/sleep-deprivation-like-being-legally-drunk/

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http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need

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I can't believe you only get around 3 hours of sleep per night! I wish I could do that because then I feel like I'd get a lot more done. I find that I usually sleep for about 6 hours per night. I love sleeping, and if I don't get enough of it, I feel like my whole day is thrown off.
It's interesting to me that everyone has their own "magic number" for hours of sleep, and there is no universal one. It makes me feel a little better because it's rare that I actually get 8 hours of sleep!
I found an article that discusses ways to improve your sleep habits. I like the step that says to only go to bed when you're truly tired.
http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/getting/overcoming/tips

It is really interesting how every body functions differently with different amounts time spent sleeping. I'm shocked that you can function with just three hours every night. I mean, there are times where I don't get a lot of sleep and I can still function just fine but that is usually for just one night. I usually find a way to sleep around 7-8 hours every night. I have also heard that that is the average amount of time needed to sleep for an adult. According to this website: http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1812420,00.html
adults who sleep for 6.5-7.5 hours every night live longer than those who sleep for both less than 6 hours and more than 8.

My problem is definitely getting too much sleep. I tell myself more is better, but do I actually feel overly alive and alert throughout the day? Not at all. I am wondering how I can train my body to function on less sleep, but still be able to be really refreshed feeling throughout the day and accomplish more than I have in the past. Is that possible to train your body to do that?
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130320-can-you-get-by-on-less-sleep

Sierra & Ryan: Under normal circumstances, I probably couldn't get away with only getting three hours of sleep a night for months at a time, but because I was away from home all the time on tour I just got used to it- I had to get used to it. There's no such thing as "sleep" on tour, that's a joke, haha. If you fall asleep, then you're just not doing it right. My "sleep" in the summer was taking a few one hour naps in the grass during a day set. I wouldn't encourage my antics to anyone, but I don't sleep when fun things are happening around me, because that's no fun. And I'm being sensitive when I say I got 3 hours a day, sometimes I didn't even get that.

I was just always like that though. Even when I was younger, mostly freshman and sophomore year in highschool, I would stay up all night on the computer or watch movies until 7-7:30 a.m. when my parents would get up for work. Then I would hurry up and run to my bed so they thought I was sleeping, haha.

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