On average how many hours sleep do you get a night?
According to research by the University of Surrey not getting enough sleep can have a very serious effect on your health. The results indicated that those that get 6 and a half hours sleep had more active genes closely associated with diabetes and developing cancer than those who slept just one hour longer.
The number of hours that we actually need varies from person to person. For example many city workers and business leaders sleep less to help ensure that they get their work done (Donald Trump reportedly gets by on just three to four hours of sleep a night). Importantly, the key is getting enough to make you feel refreshed and ready to get going. The research adds that if you are regularly searching for the closest café to pick up your caffeine fix, struggling to get your head in gear or forgetting things then chances are you need an extra hour or two.
How does sleep work?
Think of sleep as the time for you brain to sort through and process the day’s events and memories. If you do not get enough sleep then you are reducing the time your brain has to sort and process in turn meaning that you may not wake up feeling refreshed and also unable to take in as much as you might have done with a good night’s sleep.
So, if you are thinking of making one New Year’s resolution that you can keep then maybe getting more sleep is something that you can start doing straight away.