Earlier this week, we looked into how sleep deprivation affects your mood. Between the pessimism and the lack of gratitude, it’s safe to say that nothing good happens when you miss your Zs. But when compared to a long-but-disrupted sleep, could a few hours too few be the lesser of two evils?
A new study from Johns Hopkins University suggests that, while achieving both is ideal, you should probably worry more about sleeping deeply rather than enough. Over the course of three days, a selection of the study’s participants were asked to stay up later than usual, to the point that they slept less than five hours each night. Meanwhile, in what sounds like true misery for the sake of science, researchers woke up other, far less fortunate participants eight times a night.sleep cycle; this negatively affects your energy, mood, and ability to function efficiently the next day.
You can take steps to ensure a good night’s sleep by practicing good “sleep hygiene” — avoiding screens, cutting caffeine late in the day…you know, all those things you keep saying you’re going to do.Click through to Shape for more on well-being and the importance of getting enough shut-eye. (Shape)
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