ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP? ( 2 minute read)

 In our culture, sleep is not respected very much at all. We are programmed with the idea that to be successful, we need to sleep less, and we can catch up on all the sleep we want when we’re dead. Getting enough sleep is just as important as good nutrition and physical activity. It’s our most underrated health habit.

Today much of our society is still operating under the delusion that sleep is simply time lost to other pursuits. The big challenge is that in our fast paced world today, millions of people are chronically sleep deprived and suffering the effects of getting low sleep quality. Most people don’t realize that their continuous sleep problems are also a stimulant for diseases and appearance issues they’re experiencing. In a society that’s overworked and under-rested, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to issues associated with not getting the sleep that we require. High quality sleep strengthens your immune system, balances your hormones, boost your metabolism, increases your physical energy, and improves the function of your brain. According to a recent Gallup poll, almost 40 percent of all adults are sleep deprived, clocking significantly less than the recommended minimum seven hours of sleep per night. The lack of sleep also has a major impact on our ability to regulate our weight. In a study by the Mayo Clinic, those who were sleep-restricted gained more weight than their well-rested counterparts over the course of a week, consuming an average of 559 extra calories a day. That is due in part to the fact that people who get more sleep produce less of a hormone called gherlin– the “hunger hormone” which increases our appetite. The bottom line is when we we’re not well rested, we’re not as healthy. The shortcut to success is not made by bypassing sleep, contrary to what some of the so called “gurus” have claimed. You will work better, be more efficient, and get more stuff done when you’re properly rested.

How can you get healthy sleep?

Some habits that can improve your sleep health:

  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
  • Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
  • Avoid tobacco/nicotine
  • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night

Copyright Β©2017 Don Cormier All Rights Reserved.

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72 thoughts on “ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP? ( 2 minute read)”

  1. If only it was easy for me to get a decent amount of sleep lol. I got a little that won’t sleep early πŸ™„ not to mention college classes.
    Will do my best to implement these tips into my lifestyle though lol.

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  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog recently, Don, and for following.

    I like the name of your company and your blog. When I think of my body as the Temple, I’m more inclined to care for it and give it what it needs. Your blog is so sleek and simple; quite attractive. And some good words here too.
    Blessings

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  3. Often i don’t get my slipped within the drugs i use..

    hence three days no sleep, nonetheless had some powerful thoughts..

    i also see that you dropped by for a read,
    methanks!

    chris

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  4. I am proud of you Don. Not that it means anything, but I am. I also believed that sleeping less for achieving more pursuits was better….. but the negative outcome that I received was that in sleeping less. My pursuits had no passion. And in wanting to pursue more, I felt that they had become more work and less pleasure. Life is meant for living.

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  5. It’s the getting up at the same time on weekends that I find difficult, though I do tell my children that would help them. I just like to not have to worry about the alarm clock, but I think it’s good advice.

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  6. It’s very true!
    We should consider sleep as a duty, actually much more pleasant than many others.
    Nice blog: interesting info!!
    Thank you very much for following mine.
    All the best!

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  7. Not being on a definite schedule has definitely hindered my sleep, but as a server who works till almost midnight, it is difficult to find a schedule that works for me.

    Also, is the 7 hour minimum for every person? I’ve always felt that I do well on 5 to 6 hours per night? Thoughts?

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    1. According research it’s been said we should get up to 7 hours sleep. But even for me some nights I’m only getting 5. I think as long as you aren’t feeling lethargic when you wake up 5 to 6 should be good for you.

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  8. No. I am not getting enough sleep. I live in a noisy apartment. So going to sleep the same time at night can’t happen. Moving soon i hope to get back into yoga that use to help.

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  9. “Today much of our society is still operating under the delusion that sleep is simply time lost to other pursuits.”
    This is such an important reminder. We’re not very good about doing something I call “sit and be.” Which involves exactly what it says. Thanks for your post.

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  10. I’m amazed at the 40% stat. I thought it would be more like 85% of adults not getting enough sleep. I’m one of them but I do have that feeling that while I’m here I might as well be awake and not sleep through it. I know that’s ridiculous but there it is.

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