How much should we be sleeping?

On average most people usually sleep for about 6 hrs a night, when we should be getting just a little more, the irony is that most of us are suffering from sleep deprivation just to be able to work longer hours to obtain extra income. The question remains is it worth it?

What a lot of people don’t know that there is a drop in performance due to the lack of sleep, it will ruin any potential benefits of working additional hours. In the United States alone, studies have estimated that sleep deprivation is costing businesses more than $100 billion each year in lost efficiency and performance. That’s a lot of money we’re missing out on because we can’t go to sleep at night; a lot of it is due to the 24 hour access to the internet.

C’mon you know you’re guilty of it, I know you most likely enjoy staying up late just to read emails or answer texts but if you knew that by sleeping longer you could potentially make more money wouldn’t you?!

Generally speaking, experts agree that 95 percent of adults need to sleep seven to nine hours each night to function optimally. To put things differently 95 percent of adults who get less than seven hours of sleep on a routine basis will experience decreased mental and physical performance. So back to the million dollar question, is it really worth it?

No it isn’t according to different studies, losing sleep can show progressive and significant deficits in concentration, motivation, perception and other higher mental processes as the duration of sleep deprivation increased.

As well as your decision-making, reaction time, situational awareness, memory, communication which go down by 20 to 50 percent. Now this doesn’t mean that it’s permanent most subjects that participated in different studies recovered after a night or two of recovery sleep. This is just a small glimpse of the detrimental effects not getting enough sleep can have. Whether you’re having trouble sleeping from pulling all-nighters or from binging on internet, it is important you don’t forget to get the sleep you need.

 

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