You snooze you lose

Kathy Martinez, Writer

Feeling tired? We all get the drowsy, groggy and lazy feelings. One of the most likely reasons for someone to experience these symptoms is due to the lack of sleep. But how much is enough sleep?

According to webmd.com, most people need about seven to eight hours of sleep in order to function efficiently and productively. Getting enough sleep means you will experience few attention lapses or cognitive issues, yet those with fewer hours of sleep show a steady decline in productivity.

More importantly, can one catch up on enough sleep? Studies show that people with a few nights of little sleep can fully recover both their body and brain after several more nights of regular sleep. However, the longer you wait to fix your poor sleeping habits, the more difficult it is for your body to recover.

If your sleep habits are irregular, then you should consider “catching up” as soon as you can because the effects of sleeping for less than eight hours include obesity, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, depression, and delayed reflexes and a 12% higher chance of death, according to ASAP Science. Similarly, having more than eight hours of sleep can lead to the same symptoms and a 30% higher chance of death. Beauty sleeps comes with limits!

Aside from the amount of sleep you get per night, the snooze button and alarm clocks can play a surprisingly large role of the in feeling tired. As your body begins to fall asleep, it goes into a sleep cycle, also known as the REM cycle, that is divided into awake, light sleep then deep sleep.

The problem with alarm clocks is that they tend to wake you up in the middle of a sleep cycle. Once you press the snooze button, your body begins to reset its sleep cycle. By the time the second alarm wakes you up again, you are in the middle of the “deep sleep” phase, feeling even more tired and groggier than before. It is easier to just set your alarm later, or just wake up the first time your alarm sounds. Plan ahead of time and don’t be late. Instead, try using a sleep calculator.

There is a site that calculates which times you should fall asleep or wake up; simply input the time you want to sleep or wake up and it will tell you the corresponding answer. Several students at Ontario High School have tried it and stated that after using the device, they felt less tired and sleepy in the morning.

Check it out: http://sleepyti.me