How much sleep do we need?
*Before getting into sleep deprivation we need to understand what sleep is and how it works.*
The sleep cycle consists of different stages.
- First stage: Stage between wakefulness and sleep. In this stage our brains start producing alpha waves making us drowsy but still awake.
- Second stage: In this stage our brain produces theta waves which progressively get slower and slower while we reach the third stage.
- Third stage: Third stage is also known as delta sleep. During this stage our brain produces delta waves. The slower the delta wave the less aware we are of our surrounding.
- Fourth stage: This stage is very similar to stage three where our brain is producing delta waves
- REM: Also known as rapid eye movement. Our brain will be active and intense as if it were awake.
*The sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes and repeats itself on an average of 4-7 times a night.*
*Fun fact: Studies show that nearly 1/3 of adults are sleep deprived.*
11 signs that you are sleep deprived
Can you identify yourself?
- You're always hungry
- You've gained weight
- You're more impulsive
- Your memory's shot
- You're having trouble making decisions
- Your motor skills are off
- Your emotions are all over the place
- You get sick often
- You're having trouble seeing
- Your skin isn't looking good
- You think you've fallen asleep at the wheel
*For more detailed information go to http://www.health.com/*
If you feel sleep deprived a 15-20 minute day time nap can help you in many ways. It helps by resetting the system and increasing motor performance. Preferably a long night sleep would be better for you and your health.