People often complain of not getting enough sleep despite the many modern contrivances that are supposed to make life easier and better. The funny irony in modern life is that the brains of this generation and that of previous years developed technologies that saved us from doing as much manual labor as we can yet we still end up feeling tired and sleepless at the end of the day. We lose more sleep now with the myriad of devices and the popularity of the web that keeps us busy every minute of the day we can’t seem to get the relief we need from sleep especially the young ones who are easily tempted. Those who realize this contrasting reality attempt to overcome sleep deprivation and takes lots of measures to get their lost sleep back. As a result, they sleep far longer than they should be but does that really solve their problem?
It’s interesting to note that getting more than the recommended snooze does not really solve your problem because it is the quality of your sleep that matters the most. Some spend hundreds to thousands in sleep accessories and technologies that can help them lull to sleep each night without fail especially if they constantly suffer from sleeplessness like those individuals diagnosed with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Getting a good night’s sleep is virtually impossible as the breathing pauses won’t let you really get to the state of deep sleep and the incessant snoring is not only such a bother to you but to those around you. But technology has done them good by providing solutions to sleep apnea allowing them to sleep better at night and perhaps at times even oversleep too.
Some people seemingly can’t get enough z’s. They might sleep for hours on end and still feel exhausted while others around them are waking up refreshed.
Getting extended hours of shut-eye seems like a gift rather than a curse, but there are some caveats. Sleeping in on a Saturday morning is an indulgence. Regularly sleeping 10 or more hours, however, may be an indication of something serious, especially if you’re still in desperate need of a midday nap.
“Most adults need seven to eight and a half hours of sleep,” Ronald Chervin, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Michigan, told HuffPost. “But if someone is sleeping unusually large amounts and still feels unrefreshed, that would be a reason to see a sleep physician.”
We all have unique sleeping needs. Some need more while others make do with less. There are people who can’t fully function if they weren’t able to sleep for at least eight hours the night prior and there are those who are fine even if they sleep far less than that. Only you really know your body and can tell what your sleeping needs are. If there is really a need for you to consult a sleep specialist to overcome sleeping problems, do not hesitate because your body is the only thing you have that will last you a lifetime. If you scrimp on your health and not address urgent issues, you’ll end up losing more sleep and not have the energy you need to go about your day in the best shape you can be.
Research shows we’re finally listening to our physicians when they tell us to get a good night’s sleep. Americans are getting, on average, about 18 minutes more per weeknight, compared to 13 years ago. People also slept more on weekends, though they only gained an additional 50 seconds of sleep per weekend night per year – a total gain of about 11 minutes.
“Quality sleep helps us perform better, boosting our creativity and productivity,” said Pollachi Selvakumarraj, MD, physician at CHI St. Joseph Health Internal Medicine and Primary Care Navasota. “While on average, Americans get more than eight hours of sleep on weeknights and more on weekends, sleep length varies widely.”
The study, published in the journal Sleep, relied on data from more than 180,000 people who participated in the American Time Use Survey, a questionnaire conducted by the Census Bureau about the activities that comprise each respondent’s day. It’s important to take steps toward getting quality sleep.
Your sleep requirements may also be genetic in nature. You may be predisposed to like sleep the most and others not so but any changes or abnormalities in your sleeping patterns may already be a medical issue that should be addressed by a trained professional. Other times, your worries get the best of you and you end up tossing and turning until the wee hours of the morning and it will go on for as long as you get your issues resolved. It truly is a big challenge to overcome this sleep dilemma and you often have to figure out what works best for you because after all, to each his own. We all have unique sleeping needs and it constantly changes too, so you should always be on your toes to safeguard your health and well-being because no one will do it for you.