December 17, 2010

How To Find Out How Much Sleep You Really Need?

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"Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep and the clinical director of the sleep division for Arrowhead Health in Glendale, Ariz., says “there is still quite a bit of mystery to sleep and everybody’s sleep need is individualized and will change over the course of time.”

The key is to find out how much sleep you need to function, he says. “I don’t think there is one answer.”
Breus suggests this test to see how much sleep you need: If you need an alarm clock to wake, try going to sleep 15 minutes earlier. Do you still need an alarm clock? If you do, push your bedtime up another 15 minutes, he says. Do this until you no longer need an alarm to wake up. This exercise should give you a pretty good idea about the amount of sleep you need per night."

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