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Are you Actually Getting Enough Sleep?

Tired at work

Parent's encourage their children to take naps and get enough sleep so they're healthier (And you can take a break) and less cranky, but what about you?

We might not have the luxury of taking naps during a working day, but getting enough sleep should be as respected as getting enough food to eat (All things in moderation).

They're many effects of lack of sleep, you may be able to name each effect because it's something we've read somewhere on Facebook; you've also heard you must get 6-8 hours of sleep.

According to NHS Choices, 8 hours of sleep is not enough for everyone and too much for some people, so how much sleep do you need? As a general rule, if you wake up tired and spend the day longing for a chance to have a nap, it's most likely you're not getting enough sleep; even if you got 8 hours! 

Have you ever wondered why having an early night just didn't cut it?

If you're not getting enough sleep, there's only one way to compensate- getting more sleep. You might think getting an early night that night may be enough, but according to NHS Choices, if you've had months of restricted sleep, you've built up a significant sleep debt, so expect the recovery to take several weeks. 

NHS Choices states "Starting on a weekend, try to add on an extra hour or 2 of sleep a night. The way to do this is to go to bed when you're tired and allow your body to wake you up in the morning- without an alarm clock "Expect to sleep for upwards of 10 hours a night at first. After a while, the amount of sleep you need will decrease to a normal level." 

Don't rely on caffeine or energy drinks as a short-term pick-me-up. They may boost your energy and concentration temporarily but can disrupt your sleep patterns even further in the long run. 

Here is some advice from Dr. Anna Persaud:

Let's Talk Business: Are you actually getting enough sleep? Advice from Dr. Anna Persaud

Parent's want children to take naps and get enough sleep so they're healthier (And you can take a break) and less cranky, but what about adults?