By Lily Friedman
We’ve all experienced those rough days at work when we’re fighting to keep our eyes open. Sometimes, we even go as far as meaning to close our eyes for only a few moments, but end up waking up hours later instead. This is your body’s way of giving you a wakeup call to start changing your sleeping habits- and it’s a sign you do not want to continue ignoring.
Scouring the internet each week as the social media marketer here at The Sanity Snack, I’m on a mission to deliver some of the best wellness and self-improvement advice on the web to our followers.
Walking around every day like a zombie isn’t fun for anyone. That’s why this week’s ‘sanity tidbits’ set out to build your relationship with sleep by identifying the epidemic, explaining the ‘sleep journey’ and offering strategies to fix your current routine.
Consistent lack of sleep can cause a shorter lifespan and chronic illnesses like depression, diabetes and more. Since sufficient sleep is necessary for information processing, memory function, balancing weight and even creative thinking, let’s check out what the Sanity Snack has in snore for you this week:
The Affect Sleep Has on Our Economy, Productivity and Health
Between balancing work, family and personal life, it’s more difficult than ever to find the time to rest your eyes. And the technology that keeps you up at night doesn’t help America’s sleep epidemic case either.
After reading National Geographic’s surprising August issue on the ‘science of sleep’, Thrive Global’s, Rebecca Muller writes ‘The 5 Most Impactful Findings From National Geographic’s “Science of Sleep” Issue’.
“Sleep-deprived consumers are paying over $66 billion on devices, medications, and sleep studies — a figure that could rise to $85 billion by 2021.” It’s staggering facts like these that continue throughout the piece which cause you to consider sleep from a new angle. An angle with your economy and wellness in mind.
“Sleep is a life-support system and it is mother nature’s best effort yet at immortality,” says award winning neuroscience professor and Sleep Scientist at Google, Matthew Walker.
In an interview with London Real’s Brian Rose, Walker shares groundbreaking information on sleep. The conversation ranges from the problem with sleeping pills and the effects of alcohol on sleep to the science behind sleep cycles and beyond.
At one point Walker even compares insufficient sleep with smoking cigarettes, but admits to lack of sleep causing an even greater negative impact long-term. “Sleep is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body health,” he says.
Another major problem? The lack of education on sleep. Even health classes in school spend more time talking about nutrition, mental health and the side effects of drugs than they do about the single most detrimental thing one can do their body- deprive themselves of sleep.
By the end of the video, Walker’s knowledge will have you embracing sleep by setting aside quality time for you and your pillow every day.
Solving Your Sleep Mistakes
Just because you can’t see the toll sleep deprivation takes on your body from the outside, doesn’t mean you’re okay on the inside.
As a matter of fact, founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC, Dr. Frank Lipman, wouldn’t argue against that statement. In an article titled ‘HOW TO SLEEP WELL: 5 COMMON SLEEP MISTAKES AND HOW TO FIX THEM’, Lipman opens with a discussion on the implications of lack of sleep. He says that a combination of our ‘less-than-stellar habits’ teach our bodies ‘how not to sleep’.
Lipman draws up a list in which he identifies the problems that lead to sleep deficiencies and offers practical advice for overcoming them.
It’s time to take back control of your physical and mental health by getting more sleep each night and trying out some of Lipman’s tips.
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”- Ernest Hemingway