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According to recent medical research, sleeping more than nine hours or less than six hours a night can shorten your life expectancy. Those who are likely to live longest are people who regularly get between seven and eight hours a night.
A new survey of 10,000 adults conducted by the Better Sleep Council (BSC) found that few people understand the important role sleep plays in normal daily brain functions and many people actually reduce their brainpower by getting too little sleep.
One in three adults admit that they do not get enough sleep, and lack of sleep is leaving millions of people without the energy to work as hard as they should. Although a large number of people say that they need to be mentally alert in their work, over half of the people interviewed say that they sleep more than seven hours a night at the weekend. This suggests that a significant number of people try to catch up on their sleep at the weekend instead of getting enough sleep during the week, when they most need it.
According to this survey, nearly half of the population believe that the Brain rests when the body sleeps. In fact, the opposite is true. Sleep allows the brain to go to work, filing and storing the day’s events. “Most people incorrectly think the brain is resting or recuperating during sleep.
Actually, some parts of the brain are more active when you are asleep,” confirms Dr Mark Mahowald, director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorder Center. “Your brain is like a cluttered desktop at the end of the Day. At night, when you are asleep and no more information can be put on the desk, or in your brain, it can the file away the information.”
(adapted from:KAY, SUE & VAUGHAN, Jones. Inside Out. Oxford: Macmillan Heinemann, 2000)
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According to Personnel Management magazine, laughter can help you stay healthy. Medical research has revealed that it helps strengthen the body’s immune system, raising resistance to germs. (It appears that lighthearted laughter is best, “defiant or self-deprecating” humor doesn’t have the same beneficial effect.) Employers are advised that, by encouraging more mirth in the workplace, they can save themselves a fortune in sick pay.
So next time the boss catches you sharing a joke by the photocopier, you can tell her it’s all for the good of the company. Honest.
(compiled by Tania Unsworth)
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