Essential part of life of every person is sleeping. As a matter of fact, each task that we should do is really hard if we don’t get enough sleep. Namely, sleeping is extremely important for every vital function of our body and our mind. Depending on the amount and quality of sleep people get, they determine how well can they do through the day and how productive are they going to be.
It is not very surprising that more than one- third of the world population is not getting enough sleep. Certainly it is not healthy to feel drained and fatigued throughout the entire day, in same time craving caffeinated beverages and sugar rushes. Still, that is not something common.
Unfortunately the fatigue nowadays is accepted as a part of everyday life.
There are from 50 to 70 million American people who are affected by chronic sleep disorders. The National Institutes of Health explains that untreated sleep disorders is linked with hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and many other chronic diseases.
As Institute of Medicine in Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem reported, hundreds of billions of dollars per a year are spent on medical costs related to sleep disorders.
It is important to mention that the sleep disorders have huge negative impact on work productivity, behavior and relationships. In addition to that, drowsy driving takes over 1,500 lives per a year and causes at least 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year. In America the sleep deprivation is a deadly problem, but it still is swept under the rug.
The most common question when it comes to sleeping is: “How many hours I need to sleep if I am XX old?”
Well, the answer of this question is different for people at various ages. For instance, some people sleep only 4 hours a night and still are able to successfully to accomplish the tasks through the day.
As is explained in one article, in order to function 100%.the successful people sleep at least 6 hours.
How much do you sleep?
National Institute of Sleep revealed an infographic where it is showed how much sleep do people really need. It is important to point that this is the total sleep that people should get in a period of 24 hours. Thus, in case you take nap of half an hour – it counts, too!
Take a look at the infographic and check if you are getting enough or less sleep. Are you are а sleep deficient?
Some of the most common symptoms in sleep deficient people are:
Not enough productive during the day
Very sleepy while driving
Overweight and gaining weight
Caffeine is necessary to live through the day
Another interesting question is: how to prepare for a good night’s sleep?
One of the best things is to read a book before you go to bed.
Some other things that you can do are:
Exercise on regular basis
Develop a bedtime routine
Don’t consume alcohol or caffeine before bedtime
Turn off the TV
Stay within your schedule
The mattress and pillow should suit you