How much sleep does a man need?

By normal standards it is said that one must have at least 8 hours of ‘sound’ sleep in order to remain energetic and healthy. Of course it depends on ones profession, physical and mental strain. But for most people sleep is not a mere necessity. Sleep is considered by many as indisputable priority which cannot be bargained for any material pleasure on this earth. Sleep deprivation often also leads to reduced levels of concentration, fatigue and occasional grumpiness. People who don’t take sleep very seriously are seldom found in good spirits. Sleep empties barrel of thoughts and fills it with positive force. Never compromise on this free flowing force. Never take it for granted too. Less sleep can kill joy. The whole body clock might suffer due to such internal inconsistencies. But too much sleep is bad but according to me mainly because one loses time. Lethargy and sluggishness creeps in. More importantly one misses out on so many interesting moments too.  

This brings us to today’s question. If both shortage and excess of sleep are bad, how much sleep does a man need? Just like Leo Tolstoy’s story ‛How much land does a man need’ ends with an apt answer, six hours from midnight to dawn is all that is needed. But remember this while we are up and going. Because one fine day we all are going to fall asleep, never to wake up.  

Author: anilkshatriyablog

I work as Assistant Professor in the area of Accounting at IMT Nagpur. I love teaching, writing and cycling. I follow a simple principle, 'Help ever, hurt never'.

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