Getting too little sleep isn't good for your health - and that isn't a surprise to most of us. While some people believe they are exceptions to that rule, that just isn't the case. Sleep-Loss is turning into an epidemic!
Do you doubt the importance of sleep for good health? If so, this article on theGuardian.com is a must-read: The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science. It is based on input from a sleep scientist, Matthew Walker. Matthew is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
So what are the ill effects of too little sleep? (Especially when it becomes a habit)
Now you know that getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night is really important. But sometimes that is easier said than done, right? What do you do to give yourself an opportunity to get enough?
Do what Matthew does and give yourself a nightly "8 hour opportunity" to sleep. If you do have trouble sleeping due to worry or rumination, take the advice of Todd Robinson and use a "Speed Bump Phrase" to help. Read Good Night Brain: Mindfulness Techniques for Sleepless Nights.
Or take the advice of Susan Grotenhuis, who gives 5 ways to help you get more sleep. 2 suggestions are backing away from devices emitting blue light 2 hours before bedtime and getting a lot of early morning light. Get all of Susan's tips at Secrets of the Sleeping Brain.
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