Hit the Sack, and stay there! But not for too long.

Posted: October 23, 2009 by Brian in Sleeping

Hello everyone. I’ve decided to write a piece today on Sleep, and how many of us, I’m sure, don’t get enough of it or get way too much of it. Both of which can be hazardous to one’s health. Today, I was working a 10-hour day off of 4 hours of sleep and have been doing this the whole week. All day today, I felt as if I was walking on clouds. And this is not the “I just smoked myself retarded” good kind of walking on clouds. Absolutely not good.

First off, most of the information for this came from How Stuff Works and their clever staff. But I did receive some tips and leads about sleep. A lot of their info was based on studies done by the University of Chicago which is the leader in sleep study and has been for about 50 odd years or so. A couple of studies include one with 10 healthy males getting only 4 hours a sleep a night (this one definitely struck a cord with me), for six days which ended up in a pre-diabetic stage. In ONLY 6 DAYS people. Another study was done on rats. In this study, the rats were forced to stay awake and go day and night without sleep, but with all the other essentials like potty and food. They died after THREE weeks. But don’t think you can sleep the day and not go without some major repurcussions. Sleeping an average of 9 hours or more may possibly lead to Parkinsons Disease. A rock and a hard place.

Most of us know that we should be getting between 6-8 hours of sleep a night, but really only get an average of 5-7 hours, or in my situtation 4-5 hours. Not sleeping enough doesn’t mean you go and practice Polyphasic Sleeping (segmented sleeping throughout the day). Polyphasic sleep has its negative side effects. So make sure you get enough sleep. Not too much and not too little.

Time to try and catch up on some of the Z’s.

Good Night All!
Thanks for reading!

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Comments
  1. Carl says:

    I forgot to Thank Jorge C for some helpful tips on Polyphasic Sleep. Very good stuff.

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