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The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

As per usual for a weekday evening, I got home, watched some TV, and accidentally fell asleep for about an hour and a half. I felt pretty groggy when I woke up, but then as the night went on, I didn’t feel tired…at all. Needless to say that around 2:30 in the morning I finally got to sleep, only to wake up this morning at 7:00 to go to work. Sleep schedules like this can often cause issues. Fashion Tips for Men would like to tell you why, how they affect your fashion, and what to do about it.

First of all, This is another of those “indirect” fashion tips that I always love posting about. Because really, You could go through an entire day without having slept a bit the night before, and potentially be fine. But what kind of toll is that taking on your body? How is it affecting you for the next day, or what physical difference will you notice?

man-sleepingThe most obvious one is mood. Unless you’re like me, and pop an energy drink at the first sign of sleepiness every day, you’re probably going to look at feel tired. Lack of energy is going to make you more irritable, less motivated, and less willing to interact with people. From a social standpoint, this is about as bad as you can get!

Bags under the eyes. This is not a myth. Try losing sleep for a day or two, and take a picture before and after. There are physical, noticeable bags under your eyes. I’ve sometimes come in to work after a long night and been told I “look tired”. Well, other than your body tone, this is the biggest thing that tips people off that you didn’t get enough sleep the night before.

Ok, so how much sleep do you need? 8 hours is the wonderful FDA, FCC, Government-regulated amount that will make you live until you’re 180 assuming a car doesn’t get you first. Personally, 8 hours of sleep is often too much for me. I wake up extremely groggy and often have to go through quite a process to actually wake up.

Why? Because we all have sleep cycles. Sleep cycles are pretty exact, and can often dictate how much sleep we need. I have found through great trial and error (I had to sleep almost every night to get results for this experiment) that the 6 hour mark for me is about right. I Always have the feeling like I could go back to sleep if I wanted, but right around 6 hours I feel awake enough that I’m not groggy and I can wake up without a problem.
I recommend you find your own best sleep cycle, and try to stick to it. the concept of “I’ll catch up on sleep later” never actually makes sense. 12 hours of sleep one day and none the day before will do more harm to your sleep cycle than help.

As one final note, there have been some studies (sorry guys, I don’t have the information anymore) that suggest 4 hours or less of sleep during a night is actually worse for you than if you just stayed up all night. This, again, has to do with your sleep cycles and certain expectancies your body has when it enters a sleep state. Keep this in mind the next time you decide to pull an almost-all-nighter!

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