How much sleep is needed?
It’s a question that most ask themselves at one point or another. The answer is no less than 7-hours.
In fact, according to Neuroscientist, Matthew Walker anything less than the bare minimum of 7-hours and scientists can show a measurable decrease in performance.
For example, the lungs are 20-30% less effective at bringing in oxygen and getting rid of Carbon Dioxide. And your muscles build up lactic acid way faster without a full night’s rest.
As a Greenwood Village chiropractor, I see a fair amount of people who are suffering from a lack of rest.
But most are unaware that it’s such a significant problem.
Years ago, a DJ in New York City decided he would try and stay awake as long as he possibly could.
Scientists thought he was crazy and urged him to stop. Because they understood the answer to the question, how much sleep do you need.
None the less, the DJ carried out his vision. During the 3rd day without sleep, he began to suffer from intense hallucinations. At one point, the man believed he had spiders crawling in his shoes, and that the secret service was coming to get him.
The thought of the secret service coming for him caused him to run out into the street in Times Square.
The more scientists study rest, the more they discover that it’s not just about how much sleep do you need…
It’s actually about how much time you spend in each of the stages of sleep.
Sleep is broken down into different parts, and each one is as important as any other.
If your sleep is cut short for any number of reasons, your body will not be as healthy as it otherwise should be with adequate rest.
So how much sleep do you need?
More than 7-hours, straight-through the night.