Anyone who uses an alarm clock ”is by definition sleep-deprived”

Quoting this here, because sometimes I need the reminder that I don’t control my sleep needs.

S]ocietal pressure [to go short on sleep], what nationally recognized sleep expert Dr. Mark Mahowald calls “the pervasive, erroneous attitude that sleep is not a biological imperative, that it is negotiable. We have raised sleep deprivation to a badge of honor.” […]

Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. The amount a person needs is genetically determined, Mahowald said. “Some people might need four hours on the short end, up to 10 on the high end. We have absolutely no control over this.”

Anyone who uses an alarm clock ”is by definition sleep-deprived,” Mahowald said, “because if the brain had received the amount of sleep it wanted, you would have woken up before the alarm went off.”

– from “We are a sleep-deprived nation

I don’t always control when I’m sleepy or how much sleep I need.  But I do know that not getting enough sleep is the easy way to induce depression symptoms in myself.

5 thoughts on “Anyone who uses an alarm clock ”is by definition sleep-deprived”

  1. This is a neat article about sleep: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16964783
    It turns out that we used to sleep in shifts: a first sleep, then a wakeful period, and then second sleep.

    I usually need about 8 hours, but I usually get 7. I’d have to go to bed too early to get 8 consistently, and then I wouldn’t have much time to spend alone with my husband after the kids go to sleep.

  2. You also need an alarm clock when your natural rhythms would have you waking at noon and going to sleep at 4 AM, but your job requires you to show up at 9 AM. Bodies can be very picky about when they get their sleep, as well as about how much they get.

    ‘Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. The amount a person needs is genetically determined, Mahowald said. “Some people might need four hours on the short end, up to 10 on the high end. We have absolutely no control over this.”’

    You could say the same thing about weight. As with sleep, people try to do without and it usually backfires.

  3. Pingback: Interesting – research on insomnia & depression | Living ~400lbs

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