November 29, 2016Flavian Hautbois2 min read
Let’s get something straight. Not sleeping enough or well enough is bad for you and for others. It makes you fat, makes you angry, makes you sick. In his book Sleep Thieves, the neuropsychologist Stanley Coren provides evidence that missing two hours of sleep each day for a week can make you lose thirty IQ points (which turns a highly intelligent person to someone who scores below average). Finally, know that sleep deprivation has been one of the root causes in the Challenger or Chernobyl disasters.
How much time do you need to sleep? Basically, science says: 8 hours a day assuming you’re an adult, since the actual time depends on your age. Your sleep alternates between:
You can see how this works on the hypnogram below.
This hypnogram, however, is slightly misleading. You are led to believe that in general, all sleep cycles have the same average duration, and it is not the case. The first cycle is slightly shorter, lasting 70–100 minutes, while the other ones last 90–120 minutes (source).
To win the sleeping game, you must:
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