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Adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night to function properly, though various surveys show that many people get less than this.
Not sleeping enough over a few nights can leave you feeling exhausted and craving sleep -- which can affect your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. It's a vicious circle as once this sleep cycle is disturbed, it becomes harder to fall and stay asleep in the future.
Ongoing tiredness can also affect your reaction times, making you more likely to lose concentration and make mistakes
If you're dropping a few hours off your sleep each night, there are ways to get things back on track. It can help to:
Our Chief Medical Officer, Prof. Dr Maureen Baker, is ready to help. Just drop your comment into our latest Facebook post. She'll pick the best question of the day and post a reply. #askMaureen
Quote of the day
Being tired is often an effect of hard work. It is in itself an accomplishment.
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