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Sleep. Without enough of it we are drowsy, cranky and inefficient. Our bodies crave sleep like they crave food and water. But there are much bigger reasons why we need to sleep and there are frightening consequences when we don’t get the amount or quality of sleep we need.
Why is adequate sleep so important?
How much sleep should we be getting? Are most people getting enough?
Can you catch up on lost sleep?
Some experts seem to think so—at least in theory. The problem is this: if you miss two hours of sleep per night from Monday through Friday, you are operating at a deficit of about 10 hours. It is unrealistic to believe you’ll sleep an extra 5 hours on Saturday and again on Sunday. Sleeping a few extra hours on the weekend will still have you in deficit mode. Getting the same amount of sleep every night is generally considered to be the healthiest habit.
What are the problems associated with not getting enough sleep?
Clearly, getting enough sleep is incredibly important, but getting the sleep we need isn’t always as easy as it should be. In part two of this article, we’ll explore some ways to facilitate sleep: to fall asleep, stay asleep and get the best kind of sleep.
Tom Rath, Eat Move Sleep (Missionday, 2013)
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