In today’s constantly connected world, the concept of a fixed bedtime routine has become almost alien. Most of us hit the hay after the day’s tasks are done and we’ve had our fill of TV or Netflix – resulting in highly sporadic sleeping patterns.
If you regularly get less than seven hours of sleep with the intention of “catching up” later in the week, you could be doing your mind and body a serious disservice. This infographic explains why we all need to cash in our ‘sleep debt’ for good.
As we’ve explained in the past, it’s not actually possible to “catch up” on sleep. Sleep deprivation has an immediate negative affect on your alertness and energy levels; particularly when it comes to work. Adding “extra” hours to future sleeps won’t fix this. (Indeed, oversleeping to compensate for burning the midnight oil can actually leave you feeling worse!)
This infographic from the guys at SelfStorageFinders explains the scientific benefits of regular shuteye over sporadic snatches of sleep. It also breaks down the seven stages of sleep in detail.
Most people should be aiming for a minimum of seven hours – but the important thing is to find a healthy routine and stick to it.