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Sleep Management: How much Sleep do you Need?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 15, 2014
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Quick Bites

  • You need to find your own ideal sleep and wake cycle.
  • You need a minimum of 6 hours and a maximum of 9 hours of sleep.
  • Lack of sleep could lead to many physical problems.
  • Getting good sleep will also help you to concentrate and work better.

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The night time ritual of shutting the eyes to enter the world of dreams has often been considered to be one of the most important things. This is because the body needs rest, but the question is how much?

To sleep means to throw away all worries and care and rest, unfettered, and undisturbed, and opinions vary on the amount of sleep that a human body requires. The most important thing to understand here is that you need to find your own ideal sleep and wake cycle. Therefore, you have to set your body clock in accordance to this and make sure that you allow your body to have the most of it. But generally speaking, adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Then again just like less sleep, spending too much time in bed could mean that something has gone amiss in your body.

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Results of Lack of Sleep

You do not really require findings from a study to tell you that you will be in poor health if you do not sleep well. You can in fact feel thins every time you have a bad sleep. A British study however found that people who are consistently deprived of sleep, by which we mean sleeping five hours or less each night, are at a greater risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.
Additionally, insufficient sleep could raise your risk of obesity, diabetes, depression, alcoholism and automobile accidents. You will find yourself not very focused, and may experience mood swings. There are very many other problems that occur due to lack of sleep, such as kills your sex drive, ageing your skin, you tend to forget more, and you will gain unwanted weight.

Results of Good Sleep

Now all that we have pointed out above can be reversed if you sleep well, and the best part is that your brain is working even while you are asleep. The truth is that sleep makes you feel better and you boost your health by sleeping well, also improving your looks by reducing dark circles from under your eyes! By getting adequate sleep you will help your heart, weight, mind and all the organs in your body. Here are some sure health benefits of sleeping well at night:


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•  You may live longer; as a 2010 study of women aged 50 to 79points out that more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night.

•  You can reach your creative best by getting a good night’s sleep, as your emotional and components get strengthened.

•  You could improve your grades if you sleep well, and therefore remember that late night studies never work. Less sleep could lead to functional impairment in school.

•  Every diet and exercise will fail if you do not get good sleep, and so sleeping well will help you to lose weight.

•  Stress is a major concern for cardiovascular disease, and sleeping well can make you stress free and allow you to feel good.

Remember that for all the good things your body gives you, you owe your body a good night’s sleep. Never wake up before six hours of sleep, keep it within six to nine.

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