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    Default The best thing you can do for your health: sleep well

    Matthew Walker
    Sat 9 Feb 2019

    ‘A consistent seven to nine-hour sleep each night is the most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health’

    Do you think you got enough sleep this past week? Can you remember the last time you woke up without an alarm clock, feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” you are not alone. Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed nations fail to obtain the recommended eight hours of nightly sleep.
    Indeed, surveys by the UK Sleep Council and YouGov reveal that one out of every three people you pass on the streets of Britain regularly suffer from poor sleep. I doubt you are surprised by these facts, but you may be surprised by the consequences.

    Keep reading: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...ign=pockethits
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    Default Re: The best thing you can do for your health: sleep well

    Sleep requirements vary from person to person, like calorie intake and energy levels. IMHO, the 8 hour requirement is not needed by everyone. As for health, my understanding is that the first 4 hrs. of sleep are "health restoring" hours. This 4 hr. period is called "slow wave sleep." After 4 hrs., we enter the "rapid eye movement" or REM stage. REM is the dream phase, but not everyone needs 3 or more hrs. of REM. For some, the first 4 hrs. of health restorative sleep plus an hour or 2 of REM may be sufficient. Margaret Thatcher reportedly averaged about 4 hrs. of sleep per night. The key to knowing whether you're getting enough sleep is whether you feel drowsy or sleepy during the day. Personally, I average about 6 hrs. per night with no drowsiness or sleepiness during the day, and I never nap.

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