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Do you really need EIGHT hours of sleep?

By Shannon Pierce

One of the most researched and debated topics today is how much sleep is necessary to work efficiently and productively.  In recent years, it has been said that eight to nine hours of sleep is necessary each night.  Your mother or your elders may have even engrained these figures into your head to encourage good health habits.  However, one of the most acclaimed sleep researchers, Daniel Kripke, challenges those claims. Here are a few things to think about, as well as how to develop healthy sleeping patterns in order to work productively throughout your day.

First, Kripke says there has never been any evidence to support the 8-9 hour rule. He even has determined that people who sleep 6.5 to 7.5 hours a night live longer, happier and are the most productive. Jim Horne, one of Europe’s most acclaimed sleep experts mentions in his book that the one-fits all sleeping amount is “odd.”

Kripke doesn’t stop after breaking that news, and he goes on to explain someone who is severely sleep deprived is actually as attentive and awake as you are. A recent study found the sleepy person can deliver the exact same results as someone who isn't sleep deprived in an exercise, when they give it their full attention. The problem actually lies when either of the two people loose focus, which happens to the best of us. If we are sleep deprived, our brain can’t gain focus once it has lost it.

Here are some tips to try in order to gain healthy sleeping happens and more productivity in your day.

Nap for around 20 minutes per day. You may need to schedule this in your day. Explain to your boss that instead of browsing Facebook during your 3:00 P.M. slump, you are re-booting your brain and will in turn be more productive when you wake up.

Develop habits before bed that clear your mind.  Read a fiction book, go for a stroll outside, or take a bubble bath,

Tire yourself out. It may seem silly, but challenge yourself both physically and mentally each day so that when you lay down, you will be out like a light.

If you are having trouble falling asleep, or taking that afternoon nap, try counting by threes or fours, or counting backwards from 100 by threes. These tasks will be so boring, and will disengage you from the to-do lists of your day. Sleep tight!

 


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