Did you rest well over the weekend? How did you sleep last night? Are you refreshed to face the week ahead of you? I absolutely love sleeping! And even more so I’m passionate talking and writing about it! Why? When I did a quick survey most people enjoy sleeping too! Yet they don’t allow ourselves to do so. My brother for instance spends 8 hours on the computer at work and lot of hours when he gets home! He has to have a few alarm clocks set up in order to wake him up. How many of you know someone just like my brother?
In today’s hectic and work demanding world most of us often fool ourselves we don’t need to sleep. We just get used to feeling and waking up tired.
I came across Adrianna Huffington some time ago and heard her personal story. The other day I came across this article. She has announced a sleep revolution this year! I’m all up for it too!
“So here’s one big idea that will shape 2016: sleep.
That’s right, sleep! How much and how well we sleep in the coming year — and the years to follow — will determine, in no small measure, our ability to address and solve the problems we’re facing as individuals and as a society.
While our need for sleep has been a constant throughout human history, our relationship to sleep has changed throughout the centuries. And right now we’re in the middle of a sleep deprivation crisis, with devastating effects on our health, our job performance, our relationships, and our happiness.
In 1942, only 11% of us were getting by on less than six hours of sleep per night. Today, 40% of us get less than six hours. Which is probably one of the reasons for the roughly 60 million prescriptions written every year for sleeping pills. And the toll is high — with sleep deprivation costing the U.S. economy an estimated $63 billion each year. The costs don’t stop there. In the U.S., drowsy drivers are involved in 328,000 accidents each year, 6,400 of which are fatal.
What we need is nothing short of a sleep revolution.
And the good news is, there is evidence all around us that this revolution is actually in its early stages, with the potential to reach new heights in 2016.
In every industry and sector of society — in business, in schools, in medicine, in sports, in the arts — more and more people are recognizing the importance of sleep.
Even in finance
the boiler-room of burnout, change is coming. For example, Goldman Sachs has banned interns from staying in the office overnight. And it’s coming from the top: business leaders including Campbell’s Soup CEO Denise Morrison, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini have all spoken out about how they prioritize sleep.
Those at the leading edge of the sports world
have discovered that sleep is the ultimate performance-enhancing drug, with only positive side effects. Roger Federer says that if he doesn’t get enough sleep, he’s just not right on the court. Even the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, knows the value of slowing down. “Sleep is extremely important to me,” he says. “I need to rest and recover in order for the training I do to be absorbed by my body.” And more and more professional teams, in every major sport, are employing sleep experts.
Technology, of course, is a big part of both sides of this story.
From our incessant work demands to being physically tethered to our blue-light emitting, melatonin-suppressing devices, we’re all familiar with how technology can make it harder to sleep. But the answer to the challenges of technology isn’t no technology, it’s better technology. So we’re seeing the emergence of technology that serves us instead the other way around: wearable technology, smart devices, “the internet of things” — technology that, instead of telling us about our world, tells us about ourselves.
Sleep allows us to connect with a deeper part of ourselves.
Because when we’re asleep, all the things that define our identity when we’re awake — our jobs, our relationships, our hopes, our emotions — are quieted. And this makes possible one of the least-discussed benefits of sleep — a small miracle really — and that’s the way it allows us, once we return from our night’s journey, to see the world anew with fresh eyes and a reinvigorated spirit — to step out of time and come back to our lives restored.“
I’d add that the UK stats look very similar.
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Because I’m absolutely passionate about this subject myself I’ll post more on what I’ve discovered that is natural and effective!