The truth about sleep: You aren't getting nearly enough of it

The guys at AsapSCIENCE discuss sleep, the bodily function which humans do around 24 years worth

Published July 28, 2014 2:18PM (EDT)

People are probably familiar with the adverse effects of sleep deprivation: You're groggy, cranky, unable to focus. And, if you're like me, you've probably needed to "catch up" on sleep, after a couple nights of too little shut-eye. But is that even possible?

The guys at AsapSCIENCE have made an interesting video examining sleep, how much of it humans need, and if you can make up for lost zzz's.

The Mayo Clinic and Center for Disease Control say seven to eight hours of sleep for an adult is the standard. There are, however, variations in sleep patterns, according to Psychology Today, and a study out earlier this year suggests seven hours may be better than eight.

What the guys from AsapSCIENCE explain is that everyone is different. Watch below:

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