Researchers on the phenomenon of sleep say that sleep needs vary greatly, with eight hours as the norm among most people. Others need as much as nine hours, otherwise they'd come out of bed drooping, unable to perform their job efficiently.
How Much Sleep Do your Need?
Researchers on the phenomenon of sleep say that sleep needs vary greatly, with eight hours as the norm among most people. Others need as much as nine hours, otherwise they'd come out of bed drooping, unable to perform their jobs with top efficiency.
An expert suggest that you go to sleep at roughly the same time each night and awaken without the help of an alarm clock. The average length of sleep during a period like that will probably be your standard says an expert who studied sleep for forty years. Furthermore, authorities on sleep say that elderly folks have the regular experience of going to sleep easily and then waking up too early and finding it hard to get back to sleep because it is usually brought about by depression or stress. If you can't sleep, the prescription of expert is: Don't just lie there staring at the ceiling and getting angry at the world. Get up and do something useful but not that would cause stress. Try reading, it helps to some people and it might be of help to you too.
What is Insomnia?
Experts define insomnia as difficulty in falling asleep. For most individuals, this a temporary condition brought about by excitement, worry or other forms of mild stress. Medical doctors revealed that sometimes insomnia is severe, persistent, and eventually chronic and the cause may be associated with excessive fatigue, uncomfortable bed, hunger, noise, lights, fears, and intake of stimulating beverages (such as coffee, tea or cold drinks.)
From the Healthwise Handbook the term insomnia means trouble getting to sleep; frequent awakenings with mobility to fall back to sleep and early morning awakening. Expert says none of these are problems unless they make you feel chronically tired; if you are less sleepy at night or you wake up early, but still feel rested and alert, there is little need to worry.
Studies show that worry over stressful conditions are often behind short-term insomnia which lasts from a few nights to a few weeks. Long-term insomnia, lasting for months or even years- is usually caused by many factors. Among them are depression, general anxiety, medications, chronic pain or other physical disorders, and apnea caused by breathing problems that disrupt sleep.
For Healthy Sleep
Here's what sleep experts say on how you can get restful and healthful sleep: Avoid stimulants such as tobacco, tea, or coffee, take daily exercise, and avoid drugs and drink a glass of warm milk before bedtime. According to Healthwise Handbook taking sleeping pills can prove dangerous, and has listed the bad effects of sleeping pills. Among others, they include day time confusion, memory loss, and dizziness. The handbook also recommends the following six-step formula:
1) Don't eat, watch TV, or even read in your bed. Use your bed for sleeping.
2) Don't take naps. Naps are fine if you don't have a sleep problems.
3) Go to bed only when you're sleepy.
4) Get out of bed and leave the room; anytime you lie awake for more than fifteen minutes.
5) Repeat steps 3 and step 4 until it is time to get up.
6) No matter how sleepy you are, get up at the same time each day.
After you follow the above tips and still got a problem on sleepless nights and nothing happens, you better consult a doctor.
Resources: MOD Magazine and Science Club 3 Magazine for the Youth