Would you have to take into account whether you slept well or not? For example, if I sleep for 6 hours one night and have horrible nightmares, would that be better or worse than sleeping only 3 or 4?
Sleep Deprivation: The Great American Myth
People who get only 6 to 7 hours a night have a lower death rate than those who get 8 hours of sleep. -From a six-year study of more than a million adults Many Americans are sleep-deprived zombies, and a quarter of us now use some form of sleeping pill or aid at night.
|QUOTE (JB@Trinidad @ 4-Sep 04, 5:36 AM)|
|I actually find that if I can get a quick nap during the day then I feel better.|
I work the night shift and find it very hard to get enough sleep. My sleep gets interrupted a lot with phone calls and outside noise. Also, it's very hard to come home and go right to bed without unwinding first. I usually get five or six hours and think that's sufficient, but I know to feel my best I should have seven or eight.
I need at least 8 hours sleep, or I end up really irritable and cranky.
Once my head hits the pillow, I am asleep pretty quickly thereafter!
My husband doesn't sleep as heavy as I do, which is a good job, because at least he hears if any of the children wake in the night.
If I have a broken nights sleep, it can take me days to catch up. I don't think you can really make up for the sleep that you have lost. At least it doesn't seem to work for me!
The following was taken from an article in a magezine called, "Healthier You".
pg 14 Vol.1 issue 2
|The American Acadamy of Sleep Medicines recommendations for getting a good night's sleep.|
1. Try to sleep only when you are drowsy.
2. If you are unable to fall asleep of stay asleep, leave your bedroom and engage in a quiet activity elswhere. Do not permit yourself to fall asleep outside the bedroom. Return to bed when--and only when--you are sleepy. Repeat this process as often as necessary throughout the night.
3. Maintain a regular arise time, even on days off work and on weekends.
4. Avoid napping during the daytime. If daytime sleepiness becomes overwhelming, lip nap time to a simple nap of less then one hour, no later than 3 p.m.
5. Distract your mind. Lying in bed unable to sleep and frustrated needs to the avoided. Try reading or watching a videotape or listening to books on tape it may be necessary to go into another room to do these.
6. Avoid caffeine within four to six hours of bedtime.
7. Avoid the use of nicotine close to bedtime or during the night.
8. Do not drink alcoholic beverages within four to six hours of bedtime.
9. While a light snake before bedtime can promote sound sleep, avoid large meals.
10. Avoid strenuous exercise within six hours of bedtime.
11. Minimize light, noise and extremes in temperature in the bedroom.
1. Keep a notepad by your bed to jot down the thooughts that keep you awake.
2. Regular exercise in the morning helps to set your body clock.
3. Use a "White noise" machine to lull yourself to sleep.
4. Take a cool shower before bed to lower body temperature.
5. Don't watch the evening news or anything else that may be disturbing before going to bed.
6. Make your bedroom a haven, with comfortable bedding, soft lights and no distractions.
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When I was younger, I didn't need much sleep. I could easily go with just a few hours. And I have spent consecutive days at work without sleep in the past.
Now? Not so much. I need about 7-8 hours to feel decent. And naps are appealing (whereas in the past they were not one bit).
JB: You didn't mention how many hours you sleep. I'm assuming you get very few in with a 24-hour operation going.
|8. Do not drink alcoholic beverages within four to six hours of bedtime.|
|JB: You didn't mention how many hours you sleep. I'm assuming you get very few in with a 24-hour operation going.|