Sleep: Overrated?

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The amount of sleep needed varies with each individual and it generally changes as we age. According to Better Sleep, 48% of Americans say they don’t get enough sleep, but less than half of them take specific actions to get better sleep.

Do you want to be a part of the other half that doesn’t try to get better sleep? If not, keep on reading.

Teenagers need 9-10 hours of sleep while adults need 7-8 hours. I know you’re thinking, 7-8 hours is impossible BUT there are ways to get the Z’s. The CDC recommends that you should:

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.
  • Avoid nicotine.

If you can’t get the recommended hours of sleep, treat the small amount of sleep that you can get as a priority.

  • Stay away from technology (The light from electronics trigger chemicals in the brain that fool you into staying awake.)
  • Avoid “vamping” (Vamping was never cool, but I am guilty)
  • Meditate before sleeping
  • Make your sleeping area dark and comfortable
  • Drink Chamomile Tea or eat these foods
  • Learn about the importance of sleep

Sleep isn’t valued in our society. We value hard work, productivity, and success while health is seen as a low priority (most of the time). Lack of sleep can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. Chronic sleep deprivation also leads to increased mortality and reduced quality of life and productivity.

I know you’re probably reading this and thinking… I’ll sleep when I’m dead but wouldn’t it suck if avoiding sleep actually lead to an earlier death?

Society goes against everything healthy at times and I get it, sleep can come off as a waste of time. Why sleep when you can complete more tasks or have more fun? Just remember  to rest your head for at least 4 sleep cycles (5 hours). Here’s some chillwave (by Jeans Wilder) to help you relax and hopefully sleep:

If you need more help with managing sleep download the Sleepy.time app on the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

 

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