Sunday, November 04, 2007
One year...I changed my sleep patterns to 4 and 1/2 hours a night. I read 300 books. But I was always falling asleep at the dinner table.
I've changed my sleep habits, since being with Stagg, to sleeping about 7-9 hours a night. Stagg is an eight hour a night kind of sleeper... I have been known to go on 6 hours a night for weeks...but I always gain weight...and then I have to have one night where I sleep 14 hours trying to catch up. I used to get an "agitated depression" years ago...and had to get therapy to change my behaviour. Stagg suffered sleep dep for years until recently when he changed his lifestyle...which also helped him recover from a depression. Since I sleep a bit more in the last couple of years, and including taking flax seed oil...I notice my memory and general brain functions are pretty strong. I also feel a lot less stress. As soon as I have sleep dep, I gain weight. Almost doesn't matter how much I excercise, I will gain weight within days. I tend to actually feel hungrier when tired.
"Fatigue is linked with irritability, impatience, anxiety and depression, such problems can directly jeopardize job and family relationships and upset social activities. The ultimate costs of time-pressured societies, where fatigue plays a constant role, include "declining health, industrial accidents, splintered families, delinquency, depression. inadequate learning, and tired and weakened communities." Sleep deprivation is associated with shorter life span, diabetes, cancer and obesity.
"A large, new study, for example, provides the latest in a flurry of evidence suggesting that the nation's obesity epidemic is being driven, at least in part, by a corresponding decrease in the average number of hours that Americans are sleeping, possibly by disrupting hormones that regulate appetite. The analysis of a nationally representative sample of nearly 10,000 adults found that those between the ages of 32 and 49 who sleep less than seven hours a night are significantly more likely to be obese."
"If you look at modern society, there has in recent years been a considerable erosion of sleep time," says Walker. Describing this trend as "sleep bulimia" he explains that busy individuals often shortchange their sleep during the week -- purging, if you will -- only to try to catch up by "binging" on sleep on the weekends.
"This is especially troubling considering it is happening not just among adults, but also among teenagers and children," he adds. "Our research is demonstrating that sleep is critical for improving and consolidating procedural skills and that you can't short-change your brain of sleep and still learn effectively."
Sleep and Memory Skills
A TEST OK, so how do you determine how much sleep you really need?
First, let's look at your bank account -- your sleep bank account, that is -- and see if you have a debt to pay. Throughout the day, you take out about eight hours from this account, generating a sleep debt. Over the course of the night, as you snooze, you replenish your account. If you sleep only, say, six and a half hours, you still owe one and a half hours. If you do this for five nights in a row, you have lost an entire night's sleep! You will then need extra sleep over the next few days to replenish your sleep debt.
How much sleep do you get -- do you have a sleep debt? Do this simple test: Starting on a Sunday, do not drink alcohol or caffeine; do not smoke; go to sleep about the same time every night; and get an uninterrupted seven to eight hours of sleep for the next six nights. Then, on Saturday morning, sleep in. See how long your body will let you sleep. If you sleep longer than you did during the week -- then you have a sleep debt. So you should consider getting more sleep each night to replenish that sleep debt.
Found this after hearing that men and women have differnt cultural attitudes towards sleep...Many men simply don’t realize that they need more sleep. They view sleepiness as a positive sign that they must be working hard. They get used to being tired, and they think that’s the way it’s supposed to be. They believe that they just have to fight through it. Sleep Education
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How much sleep do you need per night and why?
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