Do You Sleep Enough?

Sleep is a period of inactivity and rest that all living things need. We human beings are no exception to the need for sleep. During sleep, your breathing is steady and your heart rate slows down, this allows your consciousness to slip away as your body rests and recovers from the fatigue of the day, your cells are replaced at a faster rate and your brain gets to rest since it doesn’t have to actively control your entire body anymore. This is why you feel so hungry when you wake up from a nap or a good night’s rest. Despite sleep being such an important thing, some of us are still not getting enough of it. Of course, this is in no way healthy and is therefore a serious problem, especially among university students.

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The average young human adult (aged 18 – 24) needs about 7-8 hours of sleep to stay healthy. Of course, the recommended number of sleep hours is different for each age group. Teenagers are recommended 9 hours of sleep and elderly folks are recommended 10-12 hours asleep. Now that we’ve talked about all these different age groups, here’s what they all have in common, neither of them is getting enough sleep, especially not teenagers and university students that just graduated from teenage. We all know why sleep is important so then why do we not sleep enough? Well, according to certain research finding, the word on the street is that these days we have far too many conveniences that are interrupting our sleep hours just by being convenient. How? Well let’s see. We have lights that help us work late into the night without stressing out our eyes too much and triggering the much needed sleep and we have coffee to help us get up early, after which we gingerly eat our breakfast and rush to work/college. There was a sleep experiment conducted in Germany that supports this hypothesis. A group of German men were made to live in cavemen conditions for a good few weeks, sleeping on furs and being deprived of all basic necessities such as toilets and electricity. On the average, these men slept by 9 PM and were up by 6 AM. Whereas, in their city life they slept at 11 PM and woke up at 7 AM. Does this mean we can’t get any sleep as long as we have conveniences in life? Well, that’s not the point. There are still many people in the world that make sure to get enough sleep. You could too. Going to bed on time and meeting your recommended quota of sleep can be very beneficial to you, you feel fresher and you stay younger. However, if you sleep around 5-6 hours a day and you are honestly fresh and energized throughout the day then you don’t have to stress too much about fulfilling your sleep hours.