How much sleep do you get each day?

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572


I often worry about people who don't seem to get enough sleep since I live with one.

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A recent article I read stated that while no one has died from lack of sleep, many people do things that are stupid and risky and die as a result of those actions. Apparently, the frontal lobe area of the brain is responsible for judgment and assessment is affected by the lack of sleep, which results in us making poor decisions, such as driving while overly tired.

Sleep research right here at the University of California in San Diego indicates that just one night's lack of sleep makes people slower and less attentive to usually simply things like speaking, typing, and listening. As the article said, "Neurons misfire and we look like goofs." LOL

Sleep is when our bodies rejuvenate themselves, so a lack of sleep can severely affect us, even to the extent weakening our immune systems, making us more susceptible to colds and other diseases.

Interestingly, areas of our brains can go into "microsleep," which is when one area of the brain shuts down with its functions taken over by a backup part of the brain. As with any backup system, though, it's usually not as good as the original, so our work can still suffer.

The sleep researchers here have a catalog of research involving 1.1 million people that indicates that seven hours of sleep is optimal, with five or six being okay. Eight hours or more of sleep each day increased the risk of an early death, as did four hours or less of sleep.

Apparently, sleep is cumulative, so if you're a cat-napper who gets five to seven hours of sleep each day, you should be okay.

Get 5-7 hours of sleep each day
for optimum health.

     

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Rebecca Schrader
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Hey Jim,

My sister is the worst when it comes to falling asleep ANYWHERE! She has been to numerous doctors...and no one can come up with a reason for her simply needing to sleep all the time... in fact the other day she was late getting home from work, turns out she fell asleep driving home! And she drove onto the shoulder of the road and WOKE UP MOMENTS LATER!!! She scares us all the time with this "whatever it is"...my 11 year old daughter said it best: "Good thing she's not a BIRD!"

October 30, 2008 12:32 PM
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I guess I am going to die an early death, since I get 8 hours of sleep.

 

November 06, 2008 02:13 PM
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Julie Chapman
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I used to live on 5 - 6 hours - never a napper......now I need 6 - 7........(will not admit to anything about college - cannot really remember if I ever slept during college). 

November 09, 2008 09:10 AM
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Susan Emo
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Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

I normally go to sleep at midnight and awaken at 7.  If I go to sleep earlier, I awaken around 2 feeling like it is time to get up and not a chance of gong back to sleep agan.  I'd love to sleep in longer on the weekend but the internal clock won't turn off.

 

November 09, 2008 11:17 AM
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Bill Dean
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I used to get 7-8 hours.  THen I found Ar and now I read blogs so , about 4 hours

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