In the first blog of this series, I talked about sleep and the health consequences of not getting enough. In this second part, I want to discuss how much sleep you need and ways to tell if you are getting the amount your body needs. The bottom line is most of us need more sleep!
When President Clinton first ran for office, he declared that he went forty-eight hours without sleep because of his passion to become the President. Later, after a series of scandals, President Clinton changed his mind about sleep. He said that every important mistake he had made in his life he made because of his lack of sleep.
For most adults getting the proper amount of sleep is challenging. So, what is the magic number, as adults we should get seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Most people find that eight hours is a good number to shoot for. But, most Americans do not get the proper amount, the latest statics show that over sixty-eight percent of adults don’t sleep enough. I just read that not getting the proper amount of sleep over a period of time can shorten your lifespan by eight to ten years.
One big problem is that instead of getting the proper amount of sleep, we feast on energy drinks. In
2017 Red Bull Energy Drink had sales of 2.92 billion us dollars. The problem with energy drinks or pills is they increase your heart rate and if consumed too much it can cause the same symptoms as a heart attack. This makes getting enough sleep even harder because your body is hyped-up on caffeine.
Getting enough sleep is like charging your cell phone. If you don’t totally charge your cell phone, it will not last all day. You are like that cell phone if you do not get enough sleep your body will run out of energy. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep will recharge your body and it will provide the energy you need to make it through the day.
Here are some questions to ask yourself about your sleep:
- Do you need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning?
- Are you irritable or easily agitated? (Ask your spouse?)
- Do you run out of steam in the middle of the day?
- Are you unable to get the worries of the day off your mind?
- Do you get drowsy while driving short distances or fall asleep at traffic lights?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably need more sleep.
by: D.Bryan MTS, MDIV