Lessons Learned About Health

The Importance of Sleep There are many accidents which can be attributed to sleep deprivation. You should understand the importance of sleep. But, how much sleep is enough? Sleep would vary from one person to another. Also, such would differ based on health, lifestyle and age. Work schedules and also stress can affect the amount of sleep that a person would require. It is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation that one should have seven to 9 hours of sleep each night for the adults aged 26 to 64 years old. They would note that an amount from six to ten hours each night may be enough. Well, are you getting sufficient sleep? There is the Multiple Sleep Latency Test which is one simple yet clever test created by Dr. William Dement that you can do at home. On the afternoon, you must grab the metal spoon and also the cookie sheet and then wear your pajamas. You have to close the drapes in the bedroom and put the cookie sheet on the floor next to the bed and then lie down with the spoon in your hand and the hand must hang on the side of the bed. You must take note of the time and sleep. If you fall asleep, your hand would relax and you will then drop the spoon on the cookie sheet and the noise may wake you up and you must then check the time. The number of minutes that you were falling asleep is the sleep latency number. This means that when it is between zero and five minutes then you have severe sleep deficit. Five to ten minutes would mean that you are borderline. Ten to 15 minutes would mean a manageable sleep deficit but 15 to 20 minutes means that you are well-rested.
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When it took you less than 10 minutes, then you are harming your health with lack of sleep. When it is less than 15 minutes, then you can sleep more. If it is more than 15 minutes, then you have enough sleep. You have to remember that sleep is really not optional.
Lessons Learned About Health
The widowed, separated and divorced have more insomnia. Women would require an extra hour of sleep on the night as compared to men and not getting one may make the person become more susceptible to depression. Seventeen hours of wakefulness may cause a decrease in one’s performance which is like the level of blood alcohol of .05 percent. Individuals can live for two months without food but only eleven days without sleep. There are more facts that you must know that tell you how important sleep is for your health. For this reason, it is vital that you get enough rest and sleep of at eight hours a day.