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Are You Sleep Deprived? A Simple Test

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  • The sleep onset latency test, created by the late Nathaniel Kleitman, Ph.D., can help you determine if you need more sleep
  • Lie down in your darkened bedroom to take a nap during the early afternoon. Hold a spoon over a metal tray placed on the floor beside your bed, noting the time
  • When you fall asleep and the spoon crashes down onto the tray, waking you up, immediately check the time and note how much time has passed
  • If you fell asleep within five minutes, it means you’re severely sleep deprived; if it took you 10 minutes to fall asleep, you could use more sleep, but if you managed to stay awake for 15 minutes or more before falling asleep, you’re probably well rested

By Dr. Mercola

Are you tired? If your answer is yes, it would seem relatively straightforward to assume you're not getting enough sleep. Yet, signs of sleep deprivation may not always be this obvious (and there are other factors besides sleep loss that can make you feel fatigued). The late Nathaniel Kleitman, Ph.D., professor emeritus in physiology at the University of Chicago, came up with one of the simplest tests to determine if you're sleep deprived — and as a pioneer in sleep research, he was well qualified to know.


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