Dear Dave: How Much Sleep Do I Need?
Scranton, PA – I often field questions from patrons regarding how they can get the best sleep at night. This is a common concern with the hectic schedules most people lead these days.
I am having trouble feeling rested in the morning. I have some questions about getting enough sleep.
1. What’s this “sleep cycle” I hear about?
2. What happens when I sleep?
3. How much sleep do I need at night?
The 4 Stages of Sleep
Stage 1: This stage occurs during the first 5 -10 minutes after you close your eyes. You can awaken during this stage without difficulty. If you do wake during this stage, you may feel like you haven’t slept.
Stage 2: Your sleep gets a little deeper but is still considered light sleep. It is during this time that your heart rate decreases and your body temperature drops in preparation for a deeper sleep.
Stage 3 and 4: These stages are closely related. You begin to move into deep sleep during stage 3 and it becomes more intense in stage 4. This is when REM (rapid eye movement) occurs. During this time, vivid dreams occur and if you wake up in the middle of this stage, you may feel groggy and disoriented.
How Much Sleep Do I Need?
How much sleep you need at night depends on the particular individual. Most adults need about 7-8 hours of sleep per day. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it may mean you are not getting an adequate amount of rest and you need to increase the amount of sleep you get every night.
- Impaired memory and thought processes
- Decreased immune response
- Increased pain
Sleep deprivation can cause a whole array of ailments. Needless to say, a comfortable place to sleep and a good mattress help.
Make getting a full night’s rest a priority in 2013.
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Dave E. McCord
The Better Sleep Store
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