In the recurring debate with family and friends about how much sleep you actually need, it would be a smarter idea to figure out to change the focus of the question. Instead of how much you sleep, how consistent are you with your sleep schedule?
Addressed by the World Health Organization as a big issue, getting less than 7 hours of sleep can cause really conditions, or make present ones worse. But what about those who sleep more than enough sleep? Its not too good, in fact, it increases risk of stroke by a scary 56% and a near 50% to develop a cardiovascular disease. To be safe, it would probably be best to sleep 7-8 hours.
There are the weekends that give us the freedom to sleep in, and it feels great to wake up at noon or maybe the evening, but its a gigantic inconsistency in your sleep pattern. You start to feel worse long term with such a sleep dysfunction. Finding what works best for you is key in sleep, like having a good diet that will make you nice and comfortable for bed. Sleeping uncomfortable can make your 7 or 8 hours invalid, and make anyone unproductive through the day and groggy.
The crazy thing about how well you sleep is if you can sleep more comfortably, you might not even need a full 7 hours, it could be less! The consistency of sleeping and waking up at the same time every day will make or break you. Main reason being is that you cant make up for lost sleep, meaning its useless to sleep for an extra five hours to recover the five you missed last night. So pick a good time to lay down and rise up in the morning so that you are at maximum power so you can start your day strong every day.
It takes up to 2 months to create a new habit, or debatable by some, maybe up to 3 months. It may be hard to start at first but it will get much better the longer you do it and even on the journey to making the new habit, you reap the benefits. After completing the new habits formation, your body would not even think about sleeping in. Naturally, your body loves to keep to a pattern, so as much as you don’t want to, your body wants it the most. Studies also show that when you sleep less than the 7 hour minimum, and you really convince yourself that you got a goods night sleep, you trick your body into feeling great, which is linked with the quality of the sleep.
Although it is just speculation, its assumed that the reason why it seems so hard to wake up on mondays is because although you did your best to wake up early all week, your sudden change in sleep patterns on the weekend are too abrupt for your body to process. Your body is constantly taking note of how much u sleep each day and forming to your habit, but the habit is all of a sudden ruined when you sleep in for a full 10 hours the next two days.
Your circadian rhythm is what makes you feel tired and feel awake based off of the pattern that you have programmed into yourself. Your energy that you feel is maintained with your natural body clock and is what decides when its time to feel awake and what time it is for you to chill out and rest up and put things to a close for the day. Consistency is so important because it’s important to have the energy to go through your day and be productive, otherwise it’s slowly killing you.