I went to bed at 4 am and woke up at 2 pm on Sunday. I gotta say 10 hours of sleep feels really good. I haven’t had 10 hours of sleep for probably over a year. Everyone’s internal clock and needs are different but I think I probably need 10 hours of sleep on a regular basis. But I never get that. On average, I get around 6-7 hours which is not enough because around that mid-afternoon lull, I start getting very drowsy. Here are some interesting facts about sleep you may not know:
- It’s recommended that you get at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. 10 hours is optimal.
- Before the light bulb was invented people usually got 10 hours of sleep a night.
- Sleep deprivation is cumulative. This means if you’re not getting enough sleep, your sleep debt keeps adding up. Long term sleep deprivation is harmful to mind and health.
- Sleep patterns are dictated by your body’s internal clock known as the circadian rhythm. Of course it’s possible to adjust your circadian rhythm.
- It’s better to maintain the same sleep schedule everyday. You shouldn’t sleep deprive on weekdays and sleep in on the weekends as this disrupts your internal clock. It’s better to consistently sleep the same amount of time.
- If you feel drowsy at any time during the day, it’s likely you’re not getting enough sleep. People who are getting enough sleep and have no sleep debt maintain a relatively high level of wakefulness throughout the day.
I enjoy sleeping in but I have a hard time going to sleep at night. Sometimes it just feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Maybe it’s a mild case of insomnia. Sometimes even though I’m all set to go to bed around midnight, I fuss around on the computer browsing videos, reading blogs, etc until 3am. 3am seems to be the magic limit for me. I usually will not stay up past 3am.
Even though I know all of the information above, I still maintain unhealthy sleeping habits. I guess this will be my public resolution to sleep more!