Better sleep on it

How much do you sleep at night? Seven or eight hours? More, or less? If less, could be you’re in sleep debt. If more, you could be risking your life.

The Financial Times has a story which quotes from a report by Nytol, GlaxoSmithKline’s sleeping tablet brand:

Sleep debt is a growing trend and phenomenon as our determination to keep shaving time off our sleep cycle leaves us exhausted, unfocused and cranky. It said people should aim for 8 hours of pure sleep.

I don’t know about you, but my average over the past 30 days has been about 6.5 hours per night. Clearly not enough according to that report.

The FT also quotes a recent editorial in Nature attacking the “misperception” that, because successful people can get by with just a few hours sleep a night, sleep is a waste of time. The tendency to sleep less – perhaps 20 per cent less in industrialised countries than a century ago – has serious consequences for public safety, Nature said.

Yet, the FT says, a growing number of leading sleep researchers are speaking out against what they see as commercially-motivated misrepresentation of sleep debt as a relatively new phenomenon.

So how much sleep should you aim for per night?

Large-scale population studies by researchers show that 7 to 7.5 hours sleep per night is associated with the lowest levels of mortality, the FT says; death rates increase significantly as sleep rises above 8 hours.

Looks like I need to grab just another 30-60 minutes, no more. And, appropriately, listen to music from Awake is The New Sleep, an album from Australian rocker Ben Lee (check out his first podcast).

I can sleep on that!

Financial Times | Dangers of a good night’s sleep

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Dan Hill - Flying Aqua Badger

    Too Much Sleep Can Kill You…

    Communicator and all around nice chap, Neville Hobson, points to an article from the Financial Times regarding the danger of sleep.

    The most notable point to my eye was that death rates increased in members of the population getting over 8 hours s…..

Comments are closed.