Hi, to put if briefly: a healthy adult should sleep about 8 hours a day.
More about sleep duration:
We shouldn’t accept the recommendation to sleep 8 hours a day literally. Everyone is different; everyone has different organisms and their needs. Some people may feel well having 6 hours of sleep, while others need full 10 hours to feel okay. Despite this, experts still believe that the optimum sleep duration per day for most people is 7-8 hours.
Try to determine the optimal duration of sleep for yourself. Start with 8 hours a day and every week try to increase or decrease the time by 1 hour.
At the same time, remember it is important to sleep the recommended amount of time every day. You can’t do that in advance or have 5-hour sleep throughout the working week and sleeping all the weekend. This way you harm your body twice:
- By constant lack of sleep;
- By prolonged excess sleep on weekends.
Why the lack of sleep is dangerous:
Lack of sleep for 1-2 hours for a couple of days may only lead to a bad mood and constant sleepiness. But if you fail to have a good sleep for weeks or even months - the consequences will be severe:
- A significant slowing down of the reaction;
- Unhealthy appearance;
- Memory impairment.
To put it simply - you will decrease your life quality, have bad memory and impaired cognitive functions and look like a zombie.
What happens if you sleep more than necessary:
All the same, as if you had the lack of sleep. But most likely, the symptoms will be less obvious.
How to control the duration of sleep:
- Make sure to set an alarm clock, even on the weekend;
- Force yourself to go to sleep at the same time every day;
- Do not sleep during the day;
- Do not oversleep on the weekend.
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