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Sleepless in Society


Sleepless in Society

In today’s society, an emphasis is placed on cramming in as much work ( be it, school work, your paid job, house work, child rearing, or hobbies) as possible into a 24hr period. It is viewed as “cool” to get by on as little sleep as possible. It it even seen as a badge of honor if you can function on 3-4 hours of sleep. People who are able to get through their day on little sleep, and most likely a coffee drip, are viewed as tough, hardworking, determined, committed and successful.

The list of positive adjectives goes on and on, but rarely do you hear much negative said. However, could more accurate descriptions of these people look more like; unhealthy, likely to die young, short tempered, less intelligent, overweight, depressed, forgetful, and rapidly aging?

A lack of sleep increases your risk of heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.

Do I have your attention yet?

Good! Let’s talk about why 8-10 hours of sleep will help us be the super moms, dads, grandparents, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, employees, bosses, friends and neighbors that we are all striving to be when we initially take on these insane workloads.

  • It changes the way you process glucose; decreasing the risk of diabetes
  • Increases fertility by regulating the secretion of hormones.
  • Boosts mental wellbeing. It was found that people who suffer from depression or anxiety slept for less than 6 hours.
  • You’ll have an easier time slimming down. Studies show that people who sleep more than 7 hrs weigh less than people who do not. This is believed to be caused by a reduced production of chemicals that make you feel full and an increased production of chemicals that make you feel hungry.
  • Proper sleep boosts your immune system

As athletes we LOVE sleep because this is the time where our muscles are rebuilding and growing. It is IMPOSSIBLE to make the changes we are looking for without getting the proper amount of sleep. This means the workouts, the diets, the sweat, the tears, the sacrifices are all for nothing unless we are sleeping properly.

Sorry to drop this bomb on you and leave, but it’s time for us to get some sleep.

Please respond in the comments by telling us one thing you will rearrange or change in your schedule to allow you get in bed sooner and able to sleep 8-10 hrs.

13 Responses

  1. Erik Fazio

    One thing I can say I do not have too much issue with is sleeping. I love my sleep! However, if I was to change anything it would be staying up too late watching TV. I generally get at least 8 hours….more if I get in a good nap….love naps!

  2. Nick Clark

    If you don’t know about the night shift option on your phone; get educated! Blue light, as in light from your devices, keeps your brain working and delays the REM cycle of your sleep significantly. Sleep scientist say you shouldn’t look at your electronics up to 1 hour before bed however, if you just have to cruise Instagram or Reddit pillowside lowering this blue light will help you fall asleep and dream. Sleep is as much for your brain health as it is for your muscles and we need rapid eye movement (REM) to do that. I put on night shift at the start of the challenge and I am not going back. My phone dims to look more brown-ish on the screen and not as intense around 7 pm and doesn’t go back till 7 am. Really easy to do and something I know helps get better sleep hygiene.

  3. Craig

    My body now wakes up between the 4-5 am hours and I can’t fall back asleep. So I am working on getting to bed during the 9 pm hour. I do well most of the time and then find myself looking at my phone, which I already know is terrible. (Trust me the nerd sleeping next to me tell me constantly about the negative effects of blue light- LOVE YA LEX). So I need to work on that.

  4. Marilyn

    The bedtime option and the screen are the two I have on on my phone. I love getting a good night sleep. Key for me is to lay in bed and relax for half hour and then eyes shut.

  5. Jessica Madera

    I make sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep on a work night. I go to sleep by 10:30 pm & am up by 5:30-5:45 AM. But it staying asleep is my issue. I constantly wake up multiple times a night & toss & turn. I’ve tried melatonin but it only keeps me asleep for a few hours & then I wake up. I’ve also tried bedtime mode on my phone etc. I think my brain just never shuts off. I could just try to make sure I’m off my phone at least an hour before bed or go to bed earlier during the week so my body can wind down & relax instead of falling asleep on the couch & then half sleep walk to bed 🙂 (-:

  6. Emily H

    Improving my sleep duration and quality is actually a goal for this entire year! So, I am going to share more than one thing. (In December, I was averaging about four hours a night. )

    Changes I’ve made:
    I work in a culture that prides itself on exhaustion, so changing my perspectives was the first thing I had to accomplish. That translates to,- as often as possible my work start time is determined by the time I went to bed the night before.

    I stop consuming caffeine by noon..

    I do ROMWOD immediately before bed.

    I practice progressive muscle relaxation when my brain just won’t stop., which is most nights.

    All of this together usually gets me 7.5-9 hours of sleep, and there is such a difference in my life overall. Most noteably my mood.

  7. Noelle

    I love sleep. Sleep helps your body replenish and heal. Everything in my life gets negatively affected if I don’t get enough sleep: my mood, thinking process, attention span and reaction times while driving – all of these decrease significantly. I guess less screen time before bed would probably help me the most at this time. Sometimes I’ll use my Headspace App to generate ambient noise to help me fall asleep faster. 🙂

  8. Joanna Clark

    As a morning person, sleep is vital for me. And having my workouts so early in the morning forces me to go to bed earlier than I normally would. To help continue the cycle, planning is key for me. I usually have everything set out for the next day the night before (food, outfits, etc). This allows me to get as much sleep in the morning. I’m awful at not looking at my phone before bed, so that is something I can work on to help my sleep habits.

  9. Ryan

    Unfortunately I am indeed one of those people that brags about surviving on 4 hours of sleep at the least. I’ve started to make it go steadily higher getting to like 5-6 hours, but ultimately a part time job maxing out on hours per week and going to college every day I don’t have work makes it slightly difficult

  10. Keri T.

    I mentioned it briefly in the previous posting… Power Down Hour.

    I make sure I take my recovery supplement about 1-1.5hrs before bed. 60min prior to sleep no electronics of any kind (tv, phone, iPad, music, etc.). It took me awhile to build up to the full 60min power down. Reading is usually my go-to during those 60min. Sometimes I will just practice focus exercises to fill relax my mind.

    Implementing this Power Down Hour has allowed me to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night and wake up recharged, ready for the day.

  11. Michele G

    It’s hard with my variable work schedule-the day’s I don’t have to work and get up at 3:45, I get enough sleep; however, the days I have to work are a different story. I often have trouble falling asleep. Someone told me recently about a white noise app. I like white noise bc it blocks out other noise (for example, my bedroom is above our family room-dumb design. If my kids have friends over, I can hear them below my room). So I think for me, using this app and somehow trying to turn off my brain at bedtime will be beneficial.

  12. Mariana Shupak

    Will definitely not watch late TV after kids go to bed, instead I will head upstairs to watch my tv! Just kidding, will indulge in extra sleep !!!

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