April 23, 2007

It's NONSENSE that should we have eight hours' sleep


It's become an increasingly common sentiment that too much work and stress and missing out on our eight hours is the modern plague. However, according to Prof Jim Horne, director of Loughborough University's Sleep Research Centre, is that we don't need eight hours at all. Moreover lots of people report having more or less than the average, he said. It may all be down to genes, and what people are accustomed to.

The US National Sleep Foundation suggests seven to nine hours a night is advisable for adults, and a survey it conducted in 2002 suggested three-quarters of Americans had problems sleeping and a third were so sleepy during the day their activities were affected.

In a nutshell, if you sleep for eight hours a night go to work and find yourself lolling and drooling on the keyboard, you aren't getting enough. If you're sleeping five hours and running the country, you probably are getting enough.

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