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Much is being reported about the dangers of not getting enough sleep or getting too much. For some of us, this is just one more thing to worry about.
When you have anxiety or depression attempting to get the “right” amount of sleep can be tricky. You might follow all the sleep tips in the world and spend half the night awake or realize in the morning that you've overslept by three hours.
It's crucial to know how many hours of sleep are ideal. It's also important to find effective ways of coping with those nights when it's hard to fall asleep.
Scientists who study the human body and sleep have put together a report based on 320 sleep studies of healthy individuals. Their report resulted in a revised Nation Sleep Foundation guideline for hours of recommended sleep.
“We still have a great deal to learn about the function of sleep,” said Dr. Don Carlos of Loyola University in Chicago. "We know it’s restorative and important for memory consolidation ... but we don’t know the details of what the function of sleep is, even though it is how we spend one-third of our lives.”
For adolescents and adults, the guidelines are:
Unfortunately, one symptom of anxiety and depression is difficulty sleeping. How we cope with sleep issues can neutralize its effect.
When sleep problems cause increased worry or feelings of guilt it intensifies the ill-effects of too much or too little sleep. While we may not easily cure our insomnia or hypersomnia, we can accept it without judgment and choose an effective way to cope.
Source: Science Daily
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