Woefully tired every time your alarms go off early in the morning? If so, you aren’t alone – not by a long shot, actually, because chronic lack of sleep seems to be a distinguishing feature of modern society: the average American adult gets less than 7 hours of sleep each night. Continue reading
In the United States – and elsewhere in the world, too – a long, restful night of sleep is becoming a thing of the past. Maybe that doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, though – what with phone notifications dinging at all hours, the constant wail of sirens in sprawling metros, pressing deadlines in a fast-paced business environment, and the omnipresent glow of digital screens. As one pair of researchers observed: “Ours is a 24-h society with more evening and night-time work and leisure activities.” Continue reading
Think of the most important things in your life; what comes to mind? Maybe it’s spending time with family, traveling the world, working hard in your career, maintaining a social life, etc. All of which, when trying to balance it all, can easily lead to constant stress. What you probably didn’t think of (that should rank high on your list) is sleep. It is known that humans spend about one-third of their lives asleep, so shouldn’t we be aiming to make it the best sleep we possibly can? There are no benefits to not getting enough sleep, only cons including heart disease, mood disorders, and poor immune function.