Understanding the Science of Sleeping
Sleep is important for everyone, and even more so for people who suffer from chronic illness such as scleroderma. Going without sleep can make symptoms of scleroderma much worse so it’s important to see your doctor if you’re having trouble sleeping.
In this video from Demystifying Medicine, we learn more about why humans need sleep. It’s when restoration and repair happens, so we need it in order for us to function at our best.
Ideally, adults should get around seven to eight hours of sleep each night and teenagers require around 10 hours a night. It’s estimated that around a quarter of people are sleep-deprived and get less than six hours a day. However, they can make up for the sleep they don’t get at night with naps, and the film explains how different naps lengths affect us.
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