15 Questions And Answers About Sleep

15 Questions And Answers About Sleep

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1. How much should I sleep?

An adult should sleep an average of 7-8 hours a day. Children need significantly more sleep to grow and develop. In the elderly, sleep becomes more superficial, but the need for sleep still remains at approximately 7-8 hours.

2. How does the “sleepiness” type change?

Morning and evening type are partly genetically determined, but the type changes with age, with morning type increasing.

3. What happens during sleep?

According to the body’s theory of repair and recovery, during sleep, the body, and especially the brain, recovers from the day’s stress.

 4. What is the reason of daytime fatigue?

Fatigue and brain dysfunction can simply be caused by a lack of energy  in the brain – too short a sleep, especially a low amount of deep sleep early.

5. What happens when I don’t get enough sleep?

Disadvantages caused by poor and inadequate sleep include decreased mood, memory problems, decreased resistance, obesity and increased risk of many diseases. Such diseases include diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and cerebral thrombosis. In addition, the risk of accidents increases.

6. How can I prevent bad sleep?

Lifestyle has a significant effect on sleep. Adequate exercise makes it easier to fall asleep and improves sleep. Nutrition also affects alertness and sleep.

7. How is the need for sleep calculated?

The need for sleep is individual, but basically one hour of sleep is needed for every 3-4 hours of awake time.

8. How much does a person sleep in their life?

A person sleeps about a third of his life. For example, a person over the age of 60 has slept for an average of 20 years.

9. How much sleep is enough?

About 10 percent of people gets along continuously with less than 6 hours of daily sleep, but 10-15 percent  of people need more than 9.5 hours of sleep. The average need for sleep is 7-8 hours a day.

10. Can people appreciate sleep?

The need for sleep is often contradictory with night’s sleep. For one reason or another, people generally sleep too little. For example, it is known that up to a quarter of adults sleep less than 6.5 hours a day and suffer from persistent sleep deprivation.  Being awake is valued more than being asleep.


15 questions about sleep

11. Which comes first, depression or insomnia?

If you don’t sleep, you may get depressed, and if you’re depressed, you may not get sleep. The relationship between depression and sleep is two-way and therefore it is difficult to identify which one has prevailed at first. Recent studies, however, suggest that insomnia more often precedes depression than vice versa.

12. How does depression affect night sleep?

Insomnia at wee hours is often a sign of depression. Depression is directly related to increased visioning of dreams, which is concentrated in the morning and thus may cause waking up. It is generally assumed that the subconscious works through dreams to get rid of depression. Sometimes depression is so severe that it requires a longer night’s sleep than normal. As the amount of sleep increases, the lenght of dreams also increases and deep sleep is disturbed. As a result, the mind is partially depressed and often has to resort to medication.

13. Can creativity interfere with sleep?

It seems that creativity and latent depression go hand in hand. Because of this, sleep disorders are more easily experienced by creative people than the average person. Also associated with creativity and depression is the fact that the brain of a creative person lives very intensely all the time. In a way, they would demand more rest than can be offered to them. Therefore, in a creative person, especially women, depressive symptoms appear early. Disorders of circadian rhythm and sleep are also seen as one of the key symptoms in confusional or delirium conditions.

14. Why is it that you sleep too much?

The root cause is often that the brain does not satisfy its need for sleep during a normal night’s sleep (7-8 hours). This may be because the sleep is of poor quality, meaning it does not have enough deep sleep or REM sleep. In other words, a normal-length sleep is not enough to revitalize the brain and recharge energy stores for the next day. This is likely to explain, among other things, the greater need for a night’s sleep and naps during the day for some elderly people. Excessive sleep can also be caused by hypersomnia, narcolepsy, hypothyroidism, diabetes, or a chronic inflammatory disease.

15. What helps, when a person sleeps too much?

If the alertness does not improve and too long sleeps only continue, the cause must be determined by a doctor. Once the cause is known, it can be seized and the sleep can be taken care of. For the sake of everyday life, it is important not to stay in bed, but to seek out other people. Many times after a stimulating day, the night’s sleep also improves.

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