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How much we sleep is different from how much we wish we slept. Research from 2017 shows that out of 37 people, 35 said they slept just enough. On average, they slept about 6.25 hours a night. But they awoke frequently and needed more than 9 hours in bed to get those 6.25 hours.
By contrast, a 2016 study of nearly 500 people found they spend almost all of their time in bed asleep and got about 7 hours of sleep, yet 87 percent in a 2020 survey said they didn't feel rested at least one day per week.
A better understanding of how human sleep evolved could help people rest better.
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The San hunter-gatherers of Namibia have no electric lights or new Netflix releases that keep them awake. Yet, they don't sleep more than the typical Western city-dweller who stays up doom-scrolling on their smartphone.
To learn about how ancient humans slept, anthropologists study contemporary non-industrial societies, such as the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania and various groups in Madagascar, Guatemala, and elsewhere. Sleep across all three groups averages around 5.7 - 7.1 hours, which is much les...
The threat of predators may have led humans to sleep less than tree-living primates. Yet, scientists point out that existing data about sleep in primates come from captive animals, who may sleep more because the animals are bored.
Having data from more wild animals would help sleep research...
Always appreciate the time you get, because you never know how much longer it`ll last.
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Stay away from caffeine as much as possible in the hours before sleep—or even in the afternoon if you can help it.
While alcohol may seem like it helps you fall asleep, it won't give you the kind of deep sleep your body needs. If you drink, do it a few hours before you go to...
Are your pillows as fluffed as they could be? Is your comforter evenly laid out? Does your bed look appealing to get into?
Research shows that things like fresh sheets can easily make your slumbering experience better, and 71% of people surveyed said they sleep better w...
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