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Are we really getting less sleep today compared to the past?

If you read the news and believe all the sensationalist headlines, you're probably under the impression that mankind is going through a stage of chronic sleep deprivation. That may not be the case, though. Although some studies have suggested that average sleep duration has declined over the last few decades, [...]

How much sleep do I need?

I speak to a lot of people who struggle with insomnia and other sleep issues. One phrase I hear all too often is: I struggle to get 8 hours of sleep. When I hear this, I usually find sleep issues to be the result of anxiety towards sleep. These individuals [...]

Too much sleep is more dangerous than not enough sleep

I've written before about the unnecessary pressure many people put themselves under to get that magical eight hours of sleep.Many of us don't need eight hours of sleep. In fact, one study suggests that the longer we sleep, the higher our risk of death.A UK researcher analyzed 16 studies and [...]

There’s no link between insomnia and high blood pressure after all

A couple of days ago I played down the health consequences of short sleep durations. Now a study has found that there's no link between sleep deprivation and hypertension. It's often thought that insomnia and high blood pressure are linked. This latest study may have debunked that theory. The Canadian [...]

The health risks of getting less than 5 hours of sleep

When it comes to sleep duration, insomnia sufferers often put far too much pressure on themselves to get the mythical 8 hours of sleep. All this does is make sleep harder to come by. Our bodies only really need about 5.5 hours of sleep each night. This is known as [...]

You need a lot less sleep than you actually think

Insomnia sufferers often find sleep difficult because they spend too much time worrying about sleep. The bedroom becomes a place to dread. The alarm clock torments. The pressure to quickly fall asleep is crushing. For these reasons, I often remind insomnia sufferers that getting 8 hours of sleep shouldn't be [...]