Experts recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per 24hr period. The Canadian research reveals that 30% of adults get less than 6 hours a night. ParticipAction Report Card found 1/3 of Canadian children are sleep deprived. The CDC (Centre for Disease Control) reported that more than 1/3 of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. According to the CDC, adolescents need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night. But, more than 2/3 of US high school students report getting less than 8 hours of sleep on school nights. Evidently, sleep deprivation is prevalent, and many of us are very familiar with the struggles of a good night’s sleep.

The day after posting “Insomnia. Why Can’t I Sleep!” I ruminate on whether to focus on “sleep deprivation” as a niche for my blogs. Many blogger’s advice starting with something familiar or personal and I would say that Insomnia and I have a history. Ironically, a relative; unaware of my contemplation; shared the video below on sleep deprivation by Palki SharmaDo you sleep for less than 7.5 hours?” One might say this is serendipity! I felt compelled to use it as a follow-up to highlight some stats and common issues that are plaguing both males and females worldwide.

Understanding Sleep Cycle

Palki Sharma has touched on the two-cycles of sleep: Rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep. REM sleep is what we strive to achieve, it’s typically when dreaming occurs and the brain is revitalized. Unfortunately, many of us awake before achieving deep sleep much less REM sleep and we awake to feel groggy and tired.

I hope by sharing this video it will encourage you to take a deeper look at what’s keeping you up! and the effects of insomnia on your physical and cognitive health. Ultimately, I hope it helps you make an informed decision on the next step to recovery.