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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
While everyone is different, if you aren’t getting at least 7 hours of sleep you aren’t getting enough.
And if you aren’t, you are missing out on one of the most important aspects of life.
For most of us, it’s a good night if we can get 6 hours.
Since Thomas Edison gave us the light-bulb and electricity, our sleep habits have been drastically altered.
Before electricity we would wake up when the sun rose and go to sleep when it fell. The only light we had outside of sunlight was the dim flicker of fire from candles or a fireplace.
Our days revolved around the sun and naturally our sleeping habits did too. And we would get tons of uninterrupted and restful sleep.
Now our nights are invaded by technology. Light bulbs, TVs, computers, phones, and more; it doesn’t matter what time it is, we can light up our rooms like an amusement park.
Technology and sleep just do not mix. In fact, there is a direct correlation between the advance of technology and our lack of sleep.
As we become even more connected to technology with smart glasses and watches on the horizon, our ability to disconnect and find time to sleep will continue to decrease.
Sleep has developed a negative stigma in today’s society. It’s the enemy. It’s a waste of time. Sleeps for poor people. For lazy people.
However, sleep is an essential biological process and it has deep implications if we do not get enough of it. When we sleep we give our brains and bodies a chance to repair.
When we deprive ourselves of this luxury it can have a deteriorating impact on our life. Even if you are just an hour short of what your brain needs, you can experience the following symptoms.
Symptoms Of Sleep Deprivation
- Memory loss
- Elevated stress
- Higher anxiety
- Lower productivity
- Immune system problems
- Increased impulsiveness
- Higher risk of depression
Tips For A Good Nights Sleep
Avoid Caffeine In The Evening: Avoid coffee and soda at least 5 hours prior to hitting the sack.
Don’t Eat Or Drink: Stay away from food and drinks for a couple hours before bed.
Turn Off The Lights: Keep your room dimly lit and avoid lights while you are preparing to sleep.
Smart Naps Only: If you’re a napper, limit it to a session of 45 minutes at the most so you won’t enter your REM cycle.
Unplug And Disconnect: Don’t use phones, laptops, televisions or anything with an LED screen in bed.
Set A Routine: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
Keep It Cool: Studies have shown a cool room helps us get more rested sleep.
Find A Way To Relax: Read a book, listen to music, or do a little meditation to relax yourself.
Recognizing the importance of sleep in your live is easy to overlook. Easy to forget. And easy to dismiss.
But there is no doubt, more and higher quality sleep will help you become a happier, more productive, and more creative person.
Now go check out the last post in this series: Finding Peace Of Mind