I had a hectic weekend pounding the shopping belt of Singapore and catching up with my sister late into the night so sleep was sacrificed. I got home late Sunday night and had to be up early for work on Monday. Needless to say, my body was aching the whole of Monday (getting older does that to you :P) and I was feeling like a zombie. And then, I open the newspapers on Monday and am confronted with this article about sleep.
In gist, the latest findings are that more sleep may be better for you, because less sleep can kill you earlier :P Yet the study balances itself out by saying that too much sleep may be bad too. So the optimum seems to be 6-8 hours of sleep a day. I guess that rules out the Rip van Winkle sleep therapy :P
I personally think how much sleep you need depends on your own body. I know of people who can function on little sleep because that’s all their body needs to recharge. Perhaps their batteries are the quick charging kind :P
I on the other hand, need a minimum of 8 hours uninterrupted sleep before I can fully function. The only time I can get by with very little sleep is if the adrenaline is rushing e.g. during exam periods or stressful work times. Otherwise, its 8 hours or be an unproductive zombie the rest of the day. So having mild insomnia really sucks for me! Thankfully, I’ve since worked out 2 products that pages Mr. Sandman to send me on my way to Dreamland pronto!