What your sleep says about your health
If you’re more inclined to nap or sleep in late, experts say that this could be a sign of a health problem. If you have lost sleep, experts say that one to two weeks should be more than sufficient to catch up on lost sleep.
It is said that on average people needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night and most people are now getting much less. In most cases, people try to catch up on sleep on weekends and include naps during the day.
Here are 3 sleep cycles that can cause health problems
Sleeping in on weekends – Sleep bingeing on weekends can cause inconsistencies in sleep cycles that can lead to further disruptions in sleep. Sleep-ins causes confusion and displacement in the body’s routine. It is similar to taking a flight and changing time zones. In this case it is better to sleep earlier to get more restive sleep, instead of sleeping-in later.
Napping – It is recommended that daytime naps should only last 20 to 30 minutes to help improve alertness, performance and overall mood. But taking daytime naps everyday can be a sign of sleep deficiency or a disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, depression or cancer.
The week-long vacation snooze – If you have gotten less than 6 hours of sleep for over a week due to jet lag, caring for loved ones, working late or early rising, after a week of 8 hours of sleep you should back to normal energy levels. However, if you still remain tired, you should contact a doctor, since extended tiredness/ sleepiness can be the cause of heart conditions later in life.