April 24, 2008

The importance of sleep

Sleep is vitally important to one's productive life. Our bodies will collapse with fatigue unless we sleep enough hours every day. Researchers believe sleep (or lack of it) affects other aspects of our health including emotions and judgment. But unfortunately many of us are getting less and less sleeps in our twenty-four hour cycle. Especially in today's fast moving world, sleep is probably the least important activity. However, we need sleep so that our bodies have a resting period. Our minds able to organize our brains and make most efficient use of them without our consciousness interrupting the process.

On average I get about 6 hours of sleep a night. I get up at the same time every morning, weekday or weekend (6 am). It also seems like my body is getting accustomed to the earlier wake up either I get out for a morning jog or not. If I don’t get up immediately, I usually lay in bed for another 5 or 10 minutes. Rarely I am still in bed after 6.30am - even at the weekend. Ideally, I'd like to get 8 or 9 hours every day but I've found this very hard to do! I just sleep as much as I need and that is good enough for me. SmileyCentral.com

The amount of sleep each person needs depends on many factors, including age. Some people can sleep very little for 6 days and then sleep for 15 hours on the last day, others need to have their sleep spread equally over all days of the week. So, how much sleep do you need? Is your mind constantly active and thinking, especially at night when you're relaxed and trying to sleep? Do you have more energy when you sleep more?

3 comments:

Toni said...

Oooh dear ... I'm a night owl person and always find in a weird situation when I need to stay at my relatives. Everybody went to the bed, and I still stay awake for hours, alone, many time hungry and had to sneak for night time snack like a thief, LOL. Should try harder to sleep earlier like you do. Nice reading, btw.

Therry said...

I'm reading this post, ironically, at 4 am. How's that for a screwed-up sleeping pattern? O_o

I can sleep for 15 hours straight, but it makes me feel tired.

I feel more energised after an 8 hour sleep providing I fall asleep before 12 am.

sima said...

tidur itu paling enak.... i love sleeping :) unfortunately sometimes i have to go to bed very late. last night, for the first time in the week, i went to bed before midnight and woke up before 7. but now... i am already sleepy...