Sleepy Medicine – When to call it a night!


When to call it a night!

In the past, sleep was often overlooked by Doctors as being a contributor to health issues. Studies now show sleep can play a huge factor in our physical health, mental health and overall performance throughout the day.

We’ve learned that when people get less than 6-7 hours of sleep each night, they are at a higher risk to developing diseases.

Ever stayed up late past your bed time just to watch that TV show that you love even though you have a big work day the next day? Of course you have! Here are 10 reasons why you should call it a night and turn the TV off!

  1. Sleep Helps the Body Repair Itself
  2. Sleep May Reduce Your Risk of Depression
  3. Napping Make You ‘Smarter’
  4. Sleep Improves Your Memory
  5. Sleep Makes You More Alert
  6. Sleep Reduces Inflammation
  7. Sleep Reduces Stress
  8. Sleep May Help Prevent Cancer
  9. Sleep Keeps Your Heart Healthy
  10. Sleep May Help You Lose Weight

But can I sleep too much?

The general rule is 8 hours. 8 hours of sleep is optimal from the age of 20 onwards. In saying that some people can function perfectly fine off only 7 some need the 8.

To say you can get too much sleep is actually correct. Going night after night sleeping continuously well over that 8 hour mark is too much.

Too much sleep can make it hard to get up in the morning, make you drowsy and you will have trouble concentrating throughout the day.

What we are not talking about here is the once in a blue moon night of extra sleep you might need after coming up unexpectedly short of sleep. This happens to everyone once in a while!

Sweet Dreams!