Monday, 9 February 2015

What is sleep deprivation?

It is the act, either involuntary or voluntary, of depriving your body of sleep. On average humans need seven to nine hours sleep every night. But in reality, we're only getting six hours each night. This might not seem like a big difference, but if you're not hitting that minimum quota it will effect your mental performance the next day. You'll be especially tired the next night and will find it more difficult to get to sleep, and so it goes on.

It's not only the quantity of sleep that's important, but the quality. We spend much of the night tossing and turning, in and out of different sleep phases. It's only when we're in REM that our body relaxes and our minds shut down. This is where we truly sleep and recover, mend from the day and rewire our brains.

So what can we do to ensure we get a good night's sleep? Read our top ten tips here:

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