Sleep can tend to get a bad wrap in today’s “go-go-go” world. We are constantly tempted and invited to fill our plates with commitments that become priority over sleep. We have sayings like “sleep is the cousin of death” and “you can sleep when you’re dead”.
To the latter I usually reply, “yes, but you will be dead a lot sooner if you don’t sleep now”.
This is based on fact. Scientific studies on sleep prove that it only takes 10 days without sleep to kill you. That’s even shorter than starving to death, which takes about 12-14 days.
Furthermore, people with insufficient sleep are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases like hypertension, depression, diabetes, and obesity. Reduced quality of life and reduced productivity are also linked with sleep deprivation.
So where do you land in getting sufficient sleep?
Adults 19-55 require 8 hours of sleep. 18 and under about 10 hours, and over 65 around 6 hours.
About 8 out of 10 Americans say they would feel better with an extra hour of sleep. How about you?
I know my body feels it’s best with 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours of sleep! I used to think this meant something is “wrong” with me. Then I discovered that Einstein slept 9-11 hours on a regular basis : )
This week, I extend a challenge to you.
GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT, FOR ONE WEEK!
If you accept the challenge, leave a comment and let me know you are in. Also, so you can download this Sleep_Log to record your progress!
Here’s to your sleep and happiness!