By Kelly Bourdet, Refinery29
Refinery29We all know that, typically, the more sleep we get, the better we ultimately feel. But, how much difference does, say, a few more minutes of shut-eye make? It turns out, even one hour is hugely important for your health and well-being.
Journalists at the BBC were interested in finding quantifiable differences in the health between those who got more versus less sleep, asking seven volunteers to be studied at a sleep research center for two weeks. The participants were randomly assigned to two groups: One group got six-and-a-half hours of sleep for one week, while the second group got seven-and-a-half hours of sleep for one week. For the second week, the groups switched.
Researchers ran a battery of tests (both cognitive and blood tests) on the volunteer sleepers. And, what a difference an hour makes: Scientists found that approximately 500 genes were affected by sleep, and that many of themRead More »from Sleeping Just ONE More Hour Can Do This