Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How much sleep do you need?

If you have sleep apnea, then you know that you don’t get enough sleep at night. It is difficult to get any rest if you are waking up every few minutes gasping for air. But if you finally find a way to correct your sleep apnea, maybe by surgery or using a cpap, then you can get all the sleep that you need.

But how much sleep is enough?

In the past, the general rule was that eight hours of sleep is about right for an adult, more than that for children. But now, studies show that the number of hours needed for sleep depends on the person, whether it is 6 or 8 or 10 hours. Some have even suggested that the amount of sleep needed is somehow genetically coded, meaning you are born with it.

If you have sleep apnea you certainly aren’t meeting the required amount of sleep every night, what you are doing is building up a sleep debt, which also has an effect on the time you spend in bed. Your body is always trying to pay back that amount, but if you are suffering from sleep apnea the debt just continues to climb.

It has also been shown that sleeping too much isn’t good for you either. Long periods of sleep are sometimes associated with illness and depression.

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