Sleep is very important to everybody’s health. Lack of sleep will result in irritability, poor work performance, and lethargy. After a time your ability to perform important decisions will be affected if you continue poor sleep habits.
You know the old saying, eight hours of sleep per night. It really depends on each person.
To determine how much sleep you really need: Keep a journal. Write down your sleeping patterns for two weeks. If you feel alert and well-rested, the average sleep time during that period is probably the right amount for you.
Establish a regular bedtime and wakeup time. Try to stick to this as much as possible.
Avoid trying to make up for loss of sleep one night by sleeping the extra hours the next night. Losing a couple hours of sleep should not affect you tremendously. Sticking with your normal routine the next night will compensate for the previous nights loss.
Always relax before bedtime. Take a bath, read, or listen to soothing music. Refrain from anything that will excite you or stress you out.
If You Have Insomnia:
* You need to first figure out what is causing your insomnia, then you can work on overcoming it.
* See a doctor, if need be, it might be an emotional or physical disorder.
* Avoid long-term usage of sleeping pills. They can become addictive and dangerous. You will have to increase the dosage after so long and this is a dangerous road to go down. You also may feel extremely tired the next day after taking a sleeping aid.
Should You Catnap?
If you lose sleep the previous night, avoid taking a nap. Take them only if you do so regularly and feel refreshed instead of groggy after a nap. Do not take a long one–no more than a hour.
Do not play around and think you can go without sleep. Everybody needs sleep. It is just the way we are made. Older people will generally need less sleep, but a lot of them do take naps during the day.
Do not give up sleep in order to meet the demands of any job. I have been there and done that. It is not worth it. You need sleep to remain healthy.