How Well Do You Sleep?

Written by Elizabeth McLean @ Health Wiz

How much sleep do you need to feel good? You may find that you only require 5 or 6 hours a night to function well, or you may need 7,8,9 or even 10 hours to feel good. Whatever the case, depriving yourself of the sleep you need can lead to ‘sleep debt’ which can affect your neurological processes, mood and sense of well-being.

In India, the Ancient Science of Medicine known as Ayurveda uses a holistic approach to assess your body type or ‘constitution’ and determine your optimum sleep requirements. These constitutions are known as vata, pitta and kapha and govern your body’s complete state of health and well-being. In Western terms, the typical ‘night owl’ (pitta) can cope with less sleep and may prefer to stay up late and/or sleep in, and the ‘early bird’ (vata) needs more sleep and may prefer the early to bed, early to rise philosophy. Those with a kapha constitution may cope with either early or late nights but need to be cautious of over-sleeping as it can lead to lethargy ~ they would do well to get up early and hit the gym!

Sleep is just one aspect of well-being, and there are many other factors involved in feeling good including the fuel you are giving your body, how much you are moving your body (exercise) and your sense of life purpose!

Whatever your sleep requirements, honour your body and give it the rest it needs. According to wiki, adults need 7-8 hours a night (including the elderly) but if you are pregnant or have a specific health condition you will likely require 8+.

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