Getting enough sleep has been stressed in order to maintain general well-being; with the recommended number of hours being eight. I don’t know how they came up with this magical number, but since I can never seem to even get this number of hours in during the night, I cannot test the theory. I do know that lack of sleep has certainly affected my concentration and memory. Studies have shown that short-term lack of sleep, especially in people suffering from jet-lag and new parents, can affect memory, which can worsen if that lack of sleep is not remedied.
Some days, when I have nothing planned for the day, I might sleep in to catch up on the sleep. You’d think that would help, but instead it exacerbates the fatigue. After a few nights of less than eight hours sleep, it seems my body starts to adjust and if I sleep in, then it seems to want more. It becomes a vicious cycle. This recession has not helped any, because the added financial stress makes it difficult for me to fall asleep.
I will need to come up with some good relaxation techniques in order to overcome the stress and sleep problems. As studies have shown that recession can lead to a decline in public health, I need to take special care to avoid becoming a statistic.