Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The eight-hour myth

Here's an Economist article about the "eight-hour myth"—the widespread belief that we all need eight hours of sleep every night.

The bottom line is: Don't stress if you're getting less than eight hours of sleep each night. A big part of insomnia is psychological: If you think you're getting enough sleep, then you probably are. But if you start stressing about how much sleep you're getting, then that stress can not only create a self-fulfilling viscious-circle prophesy (worrying about sleep keeps us awake, which makes us worry even more about sleep, and so on), but can actually be more damaging than the lack of sleep itself.

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