Monday, September 19, 2011

Beauty Sleep

We've all heard the saying "Gotta get my beauty sleep."   Or perhaps, you're the type of person that enjoys an afternoon "cat nap."  But just how much beauty sleep do we really need?  LoweLights' own Billy Lowe believes people don't need as much sleep as what they may believe.  But we took it a step further and spoke to medical professionals to see what they had to say. 

Most Doctors agreed that we should listen to our bodies when it comes to needing rest (unless bad habits are being formed).  Our bodies know about how much sleep we need and if we're feeling exhausted or fatigued we should definitely find time for rest.  The interesting thing we'd like to note is that mothers of newborns (and even college students much of the time) often function on 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night and do just fine yet there are many people out there who declare their need for 8, 9 or even 10 hours of sleep a night. 

"I don't believe people need that much sleep!"  Billy Lowe proclaims.  "When we are sleeping that much, we become dehydrated.  Dehydration leads to fatigue.  During a normal day, we feed our bodies with food and  hydration and going 8-10 hours with no hydration at all would seemingly cause extreme dehydration and constant fatigue." 

Lowe, who operates on about 6 hours of sleep a night, is a non-stop go-getter who believes that while we all need our beauty sleep, it doesn't have to be excessive. There's nothing like a warm cozy bed but at some point, you have to get out of it.   And if you need to, get up in the middle of the night for a sip of water to stay hydrated and keep the body functioning normally.  We wanna know what you think.

Mandy Gibbens
Staff Writer

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