You have no doubt heard the foretelling saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”; you may have even said it yourself.
In fact, lack of sleep can be lethal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsiness and fatigue cause more that 100,000 traffic accidents each year resulting in 1,550 deaths.
At the very least sleep deprivation will age you in fast forward.
But how much sleep do you really need? Ideally humans should go to bed when the sun sets, and rise with it in the morning to stay in sync with natural circadian rhythms.
This is hardly practical, especially in the winter months. However, if you can get to bed by 10:00 pm, and get up around 6:30 am, your body would thank you.
Between the hours of 10:00 pm and 2:00 am your body regenerates physically, and between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am your brain regenerates psychologically. Cut into either one of those 4-hour segments, and you are compromising your system’s ability to restore itself.
Hormonally speaking, (melatonin, serotonin, insulin, dopamine, prolactin and cortisol, to name a few), can not be balanced with out deep prolonged sleep.
The good news is, you will also be balancing your blood sugar and neurotransmitters, strengthening your immune system and slowing the aging process.
Best case scenario to keep disease at bay and have natural energy and vitality, is to get 8 hours of restful uninterrupted sleep a night, starting as close to 10:00 pm as possible.
There are folks who insist that 5 hours is all they need. Of course, that’s after their Venti Cappuccino in the morning, Red Bull mid afternoon, Pepsi at 3 pm, and another with dinner. No wonder it takes them until 2 am to fall asleep.
The closer you get to 8 hours of sleep a night, the healthier you will be, the less you’ll spend at Starbucks, and the longer you will live.
For guidance and support on your journey to better sleep, contact me for a free 15 minute consultation at email@example.com, or call me at 301-332-5732