Sweet Dreams, Sweet Awakening
Proven Way #11: Sleep at least 7-8 hours every night, and obtain sufficient rest throughout the day.
Human beings are the only animals that consciously deprive themselves of adequate sleep. Unfortunately, our priorities have become rather skewed. We tend to put things like our careers, families, social events, and mindless technological activities before sleep. There is a direct link between quality sleep acquisition and mental and physical health.
The majority of adults require around eight hours of sleep a night; there are a very small percentage of people who can fully function on less. You might think you can, but extensive research has proven that sleep deprivation, whether minor, major, periodical, or constant has detrimental long term and short-term effects. If we want to be able to perform to our greatest abilities in our careers, provide for our families, have meaningful and fulfilling relationships, and live a life rich in joy, it is imperative to sleep between seven and eight hours a night on a regular basis.
“All the joy biochemicals are manufactured by the body when you are sleeping. If you don’t get enough sleep, you will not have enough to produce happiness.”
Not only are we jeopardizing of happiness when we opt to sacrifice sleep, but we are putting our health at risk too. Author Thomas Dekker articulates this point simply and accurately: “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”
Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to a variety of physical and mental aliments. Insufficient rest can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and weight gain. You might also experience an impairment of alertness, concentration, problem solving skills, and memory. Our immune systems are also compromised when we do not allow our bodies to recover during the night.
If we want to be healthy and happy, we need to sleep. Make sleep a priority. Sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise. Take the time to take care of yourself because the rewards will be life long.
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