Trusted wisdom says we need eight hours sleep a night, but BUPA says seven or eight and the NHS says six or nine, so maybe it depends on who your health provider is.
For me, seven hours unbroken sleep is more like it, but when I watched Bed Time Live last night I saw a really interesting experiment which made me think again about how important shut eye really is.
Two groups of teenagers were tested on their memory, one after an afternoon nap, the other after staying awake through the day. There’s a lot to be said for a siesta, as the test group who had slept performed considerably better on a simple word test. I think the last time I had a siesta was when I was about two and drifted off to the dulcet tones of Listen With Mother.
As adults, often having to tend to children or hit ominous work deadlines, much of our life patterns, let alone sleep patterns are beyond control no matter how much we try to schedule in a routine. So how much sleep do we need?
Someone shared this video with me a couple of years ago; it’s Arianna Huffington talking about the need for sleep. She’s a genius at stating the obvious; but it’s a definitely worth a watch.
And on that note, having had less than five hours sleep last night, I’m off to get some revitalising shut eye.