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People say that we spend third of our life sleeping. But what’s the exact length of this “third” considering the fact that lifespan of people is different? It was calculated that 24 years of our life are spend dreaming. Just imagine how many useful things can be done during 24 years of existence, but all we do is lying on the bed in an unconscious state! Nah, unfortunately, we don’t have much choice about that, because it’s the natural way to recover and rejuvenate oneself. What can be done? Try to influence the quality of your sleep to get the most out of it. Let’s take a more detailed look on this matter.
Myth About Sleep
Ask people how many hours of sleep do we need to recover ourselves? It is most probable that most of people will tell you that it is necessary to sleep from 8 to 9 hours per day to recover oneself. According to the latest research, it’s nothing but a myth and you don’t need more than 7 hours of sleep per day. If you want to switch from 9 hours of sleep to 7 hours of sleep – it won’t be an easy thing to do, because your body got used to certain schedule and it will need some time to adapt to the new one.
On the other hand, there are people who sleep 3-5 hours a day. Needless to say – both approaches are the two extremes and you should try to get used to sleeping 7 hours a day.
Why Sleeping 7 Hours Per Day?
According to Daniel Kripke, if you choose to rest between six and a half or seven and a half hours a day, your chances of living a longer life will be higher. An interesting thing is that if you’re still going to spend 8-9 hours sleeping, you’re going to feel worse than those, who in your opinion aren’t getting enough sleep at night. It means that sleeping more than you actually need is a harmful thing for your health. Next time you wake up and feel exhausted or sick, chances are it happened because you’ve slept more than it was necessary. Tricky, isn’t it?
A Small Secret
Let’s face it, all of us do this shameful thing – we set our clock at 7 am and then switching it off, giving ourselves one more hour of extra sleep. The small secret, to solve this problem is to have a plan for the period of time that you want to wake up. To wake up in the morning will be much easier when you know that you have a list of things that need to be done tomorrow.
Tips for a Good Sleep
- Tip 1 Nap. You can nap several times during the day but never nap more than 20-30 minutes.
- Tip 2 Bed rituals. It’s basically anything that can prepare you for sleep. It can be as easy as a cup of herbal tea.
According to the research, women require resting longer than man (approx. 20-30 minutes) because their brains function in a more complicated way.