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Seven Reasons for Seven Hours of Sleep

By sleepcounciladmin on November 30, 2011

Seven Reasons for Seven Hours of Sleep  At the Sleep Council we are always talking about the magic number that is… SEVEN!

– You should replace your bed every SEVEN years
– You should try to get a minimum of SEVEN hours of sleep a night

Sleep really is the answer to feeling and looking your best. People go to huge amounts of time and expense to eat well and exercise regularly but without a good night’s sleep all that effort will be in vain. And the foundation of a good sleep is a comfortable, supportive bed, regularly replaced, ideally every seven years.

So here’s our top SEVEN reasons why you should try to get a good night’s sleep:

1. Stress:  Busy family lives, working hard, housework, bills to pay – it’s a constant battle to try and fit it all in. So if you are feeling stressed, set aside some ‘me time’, wind down and get a good night’s sleep.  It won’t get the housework done or feed the family but it will manage your stress levels, making it easier to cope and prepare for the next day!

2. Moods: Lack of sleep impacts on your mood making you irritable and have a short temper. Getting in a good seven hours kip will ensure you still have friends by the end of the day!

3. Impaired memory: A serious shortage of shut eye can diminish your levels of concentration and affect your learning capabilities. The more REM sleep we have, the easier it is to retain things that were learned the day before.

4. Decision making: As sleep deprivation mounts up, people start getting sleepy during the day, they find it more difficult to make decisions, make more mistakes, have slower reflexes and so on. This can in some instances become dangerous – especially if driving or operating heavy machinery.

5. Health problems: Sleep doesn’t just make us feel better, it can improve our health by decreasing the risk of heart attacks, diabetes, strokes and it helps us fight off minor ailments, deal better with depression and even tackle weight problems.

6. Loss of sex drive: Not only does the recommended daily amount of sleep make you look better and feel better but it could improve your love life too.

7. Beauty: Research from the University of Chicago found skipping beauty sleep will make you old. Sleeping four hours a night for less than a week hits the body’s ability to process and store carbohydrates and regulate hormone levels. These changes mimic many of the hallmarks of advanced ageing.

Seven Reasons for Seven Hours of Sleep
If you knew there was one thing that could relieve stress, slow down the ageing process, boost your mood, your physical and mental performance and cure a wide range of aches and pains, you’d take it wouldn’t you?

So go on then, go get yourself a comfortable uninterrupted seven hours sleep!

Let us know how many hours a sleep you get on an average night.

 

Look forward to hearing your comments.

Lisa – The Sleep Council Team

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3 thoughts on “Seven Reasons for Seven Hours of Sleep

  1. I aim for 8 hours every night, which I typically get (even a few extra on the weekends). But back in college I’d say I would average 6 hours a night. I do have to say that one of the benefits of being a member of the working world is that my schedule is more regular and allows me to have a set sleep schedule. Great post!

    1. 8 hours is good Emily. And the key to getting a good night’s sleep is to keep regular hours which you do. Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time, all the time, programmes the body to sleep better.

  2. As I’m sure you know, adolescents and young adults need even more sleep on average–but the vast majority of them don’t come even close to getting it. The absurdly early school start times that became prevalent in this country a few decades ago (largely to save money on bus runs) are in part to blame. Obviously early hours aren’t the only thing contributing to widespread sleep deprivation in teenagers, but they play a major role—and they’re something remediable (a recent report by the Brookings Institution showed that even if starting later comes at a cost, the investment is worth making in the long run). The politics of changing school hours are challenging, but sleep science has reached a point where it’s negligent not to work for a solution. Many people who have spent years, sometimes decades, working for change in their schools now believe that it’s going to take collective action on a national scale to convince local schools to address this problem. We’re starting with a petition asking national leaders to promote an earliest acceptable start time for all schools—basically a child protection law that sets a humane cut-off so that school systems & communities can do what’s right for kids when they set their particular schedules. I’m a big proponent of local control of schools in general, but this is an area where local control isn’t working—too much manipulation by interests other than the kids’. It’s also a matter of safety, health, and equity as much as education. If someone has a better answer that will actually resolve this issue before another generation grows up sleep-deprived, I’m all ears. But for now I hope the Sleep Council will consider endorsing and promoting this petition (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS ), which, at the very least will help bring this intolerable situation into the national spotlight. For more information, see our website: StartSchoolLater.net. Thanks!

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