PAHABAAN NG ORAS NA WALANG TULOG & HOW MUCH SLEEP DO WE NEED
Depending on how sleep is defined, there are several people who can claim the record for having gone the longest without sleep (Rip Van Winkle not included):
- Thai Ngoc, born 1942, claims to have been awake for 33 years or 11,700 nights, according to Vietnamese news organization Thanh Nien. It was said that Ngoc acquired the ability to go without sleep after a bout of fever in 1973.
- In January 2005, the RIA Novosti published an article about Fyodor Nesterchuk from the Ukrainian town of Kamen-Kashirsky who claimed to have not slept in more than 20 years. Local doctor Fyodor Koshel, chief of the Lutsk city health department, claimed to have examined him extensively and failed to make him sleep.
- Randy Gardner holds the Guinness World Record for intentionally having gone the longest without sleep. In 1965, Gardner, then 18, stayed awake for 264 hours (about 11 days) for a high school science project. He experienced significant deficits in concentration, motivation, perception and other higher mental processes during his sleep deprivation. However, he recovered normal cognitive functions after a few nights’ sleep.
- On May 25, 2007 the BBC reported that Tony Wright beat the Guinness World Record by staying awake for 11 days and nights. The Guinness Book of Records has, however, withdrawn its backing of a sleep deprivation class because of the associated health risks.
How much sleep do we need?
Most adults need between seven and eight hours’ sleep each night, although we’re all different. Some people find they can manage on just three hours. The amount we need reduces as we age. Older women often find their night’s sleep is broken, especially if they’ve taken a nap during the day.
There are many remedies for sleep problems, some more effective than others. The most important thing is to have a good bedtime routine, as this helps to prepare the mind for sleep.
Other things you might like to try include:
- Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, whether you’re tired or not.
- Making sure the environment is right for sleep – your bedroom should be the right temperature and not too noisy (don’t have a TV in your bedroom)
- Getting some moderate exercise each day, such as swimming or walking
- Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine before going to bed – try a milky drink instead
- Avoiding too much alcohol – this induces unnatural sleep, so although you may fall asleep easily, you’ll almost certainly wake up during the night
- Not eating or drinking a lot late at night
- Trying relaxation techniques before going to bed, such as yoga, hypnosis or simply listening to music
If you can’t sleep, don’t lie there worrying about it. Get up again and do something relaxing such as reading or (blogging at Cocoy’s Delight !!!?) having a bath.
If your sleep problem persists, see your GP. He or she may be able to refer you to a local sleep disorder clinic, which will investigate your problem in depth, although there may be a long waiting list.