It is generally advised that a normal human body needs 8 hours of sleep to get proper rest. However, I feel that this is a much-generalized guideline, and perhaps we can get by on a slightly lesser amount, and without any side effects. Having two small kids to look after along with managing a career, I used to be stressed out about not being able to put in 8 hours of sleep. But I guess my body adapted and now even 6 or 7 hours of sleep works just fine. Now, I like to get up early when the house is silent so I have some alone time to relax.
Research has also shown that a lot of successful entrepreneurs, business heads, and political leaders sleep for about 5-6 hours and they seem to get by just fine. Perhaps what is important is not the quantity, but the quality of sleep. So maybe 6 hours of peaceful, deep sleep is enough to have us on the go. Any thoughts??
I feel it's a generalized guideline but I think that 6-8 hours of sleep are integral for the proper functioning of our Circadian rhythms, so I believe there is something of a scientific basis there. Ha ha--not sure about the political leaders statistic. Ever seen how quickly politicians tend to age? I think that sufficient sleep is important for long-term health, even if we don't feel the effects in the short term.
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