My professor asked, “What do we want more of, but never get?…It’s not sex, it’s SLEEP!”
We had a lecture on Circadian Rhythms, Sleep, and Sleep Disorders from which I pulled all this information!
I didn’t sleep enough from April-June. I was sleeping 6-6.5 hours a night which made concentrating in class (when I had to go to class) and studying in the mid-afternoon difficult. With this amount of sleep, I’m still able to be pretty productive and exercise vigorously for 45-1 hr a day. How do I feel when I’m sleep deprived? I feel more jittery, socially awkward, and more stressed. This makes sense because lack of sleep makes normal people more disinhibited. For example, you’re more likely to binge eating and lose control of your appetite when you’re sleep-deprived. You have less control of your emotions and reactions when you’re sleep deprived. I learned that lack of sleep causes normal people to become a little hypomanic (a little crazy), but our professor emphasized that it’s more “disinhibited” behavior. And lack of sleep isn’t good for your brain either!
The amount of sleep is different for everyone. About 2% of the population functions optimally with less than 6 hours of sleep…but for the majority of us…(including successful, smart, talented people) need around 7-8 hours per night.
Lack of sleep builds up as “sleep debt.” If you naturally need 8 hours of sleep, and you only sleep 7 hours tonight, you’ll have 1 hour of sleep debt. This adds up overtime making you more tired. However, you can get back on track by sleeping more the next couple nights!
A good way to tell if you’ve had enough sleep is to take a morning yoga class and see how coordinated and balanced you are. The other day I went to Bikram after only 5 hours of sleep and I was falling out of tree stand. That’s more affirmation that I’m not only of the 2%.
Getting enough sleep is so important! Adequate rest is good for your body and mind. It keeps you on your A-game and is part of self-care and love.
Here’s to a start of a fun, restful, and healthy-habit forming summer!
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