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Is it better to sleep a few hours, or not at all?
03 Feb 2022
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Getting enough sleep is an essential part of our lives to lead a quality life. 

But if you are in a situation like what you should decide whether to sleep one or two hours or avoid completely, it is better to get some sleep hours than avoid completely. 

Sleep is a bridge to a new day. When you sleep, your body repairs its tissue, replenishes hormones, and transfers short-term memories into long-term memories. 

So basically, night sleep is refreshing your body for the next day both mentally and physically.

Your body goes through four stages of the cycle while you sleep. It takes about 90 minutes to complete one cycle. On average, you will get 4-6 these cycles if you are sleeping enough time. 

But if you are a person sleeping one or two hours, it can affect your health for sure. 

Maybe you are wondering how is this sleep cycle is working. Here is a quick explanation of this. 

Four stages can be divided into two categories.

Rapid eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement(NREM). NREM makes up 75 to 80 percent of sleep.

Stage 1 (NREM)

It is called N1 were breathing, brainwaves, and heart rate begins to slow. Also, your muscles relax. This stage only lasts about 1- 1.5 minutes.

Stage 2 (NREM)

Here your body temperature starts slowing down while heart rate and breathing continue to slow. This stage lasts about 25 minutes.

Stage 3 (NREM)

This step is called N3. In this stage, the body starts to repair itself and strengthen the immunity system. You won’t wake up due to loud sounds if you are in this deep sleep stage. 

Stage 4 (REM)

It is the stage where you mostly enter into the world of dreams. Starts about after 90 minutes you fall asleep. 

Why shouldn’t skip sleep together?

You need to understand that your sleep is regulated by two operations that are sleep pressure and circadian rhythm.

Circadian rhythm is nothing but our internal clock that keeps us up in a day and makes us feel tired at night. So you need to respect this internal clock when you select the time to sleep. 

Sleeping pressure will decrease if you sleep 1-2 hours. As a result, you will feel more tired in the morning. 

Here are some of the situations you are more likely to come up with if you sleep 1-2 hours.

  • Impaired judgment
  • Impaired reaction time 
  • Increased stress hormone
  • Irritability

Is it Possible to get less sleep but feel rested and productive?

It is a proven fact that you can’t be more productive by sleeping less. But sometimes, our work environments force us to do so. 

However, here are some of the techniques you can try.

Do some light exercise

Light exercise can stimulate your blood flow to the whole body especially the brain, it can make you feel more awake. 

Keep screens and other distractions out

Removing phone and digital electronics can help you to fall into sleep easily.

Avoid liquids before bed

It can help you to reduce the chances of getting up to use the bathroom. 

Avoid alcohol

The sedative effect of alcohol reduces the activity of your central nervous system and can make you drowsy.

Spend time in daylight

Being more exposed to daylight can help to improve your focus by stimulating the production of serotonin. 

Set up a darkroom

Bright lights in your bedroom may interfere with your body’s production of melatonin. 

Eat a healthy date

Eating a good diet can give you more energy, it is sure.

Try napping

Taking 20 minutes short naps helps you to recharge without causing you to feel tired. 

Polyphasic sleep

Polyphasic sleep is a technique in which you sleep six 20 minute naps spaced regularly throughout the day for a total of 3 hours.

Some people argue that polyphasic sleep helps you to sleep more efficiently than the normal method, there is no science-backed evidence behind this.

But keep in mind that these programs can have side effects similar to sleeping less. It is better to avoid these, even if you wish to try this, only do short time. 

Conclusion

If you are in a very confusing situation on thinking about whether to avoid sleep completely or sleep sometime. You should select sleeping sometime. It can positively impact your life for sure. 

Also, don’t hesitate to consult doctors if you have serious issues with sleeping or mental health. You can always book appointments online using ShopDoc with expert psychologists. 

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