The Truth About Good Sleep

Everybody has their own tastes. Take food for instance. Not everybody likes oranges, and you don’t have to like oranges. Exercising is important, but not everybody does it the same way. It all depends what you like. Tastes differ, but there are a couple things in life that are the same for 99% of people, whether they like to admit it or not. Like sleep.

There are a lot of big misconceptions about sleep in our society. People think going to bed at 1 in the morning is normal, because they can’t seem to fall asleep before that time. They also think that waking up 30 minutes before going to work and skipping breakfast is completely normal, since they’re not hungry anyway.

A huge proportion of the world population is not designed to run on 5 hours of sleep per day. We are not made for this lifestyle, we need some rest. In fact, the daily recommended dose to function properly is between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. Only 1% of the population can run on less (5 or even 4 hours of sleep) . These people will function completely fine on a couple hours of rest, and won’t feel tired.

The reason people end up not being hungry in the morning and not feeling tired before midnight is because they mess with their body clock. Their body gets “used” to their unhealthy routine. Slacking off until 1, waking up 5 hours later, and jumping into the bus 30 minutes after that. Once they think they’re “synced”, they don’t look back. They think that’s the way their body works.

If you can relate to the group of people I described above (lying to yourself is never a good thing), you should know this. Changing your unhealthy routine can only be beneficial to a lot of aspects of your life.

Sleep deprivation is terrible for your health in the long term. Low attention span, weight loss/gain, diabetes… By getting back to a healthy sleep cycle you will not only avoid those physical impediments, you will also think better, be more focused, more productive.

If you are part of the people who go to bed at 1 in the morning because they are actually working on something, stop doing this to yourself. It might be even worse than watching Netflix. The answer to your problem is time management.

Think of the small-sleepers, the people who can run on 4 hours of sleep. Because they only sleep 16% of the time, they have a lot more time to be productive than you do. You on the other hand (should) sleep 25% to 37% of your time. It’s scary to think about, right? At least a quarter of your life is spent in bed. That’s how it is, and you should acknowledge that. Rethink the way you use your time rather than ruining your health.

One day lasts 24 hours, either for you or for Warren Buffet. Sleep well, eat healthy, exercise, throw away your TV. You’ll be well on your way to a radical change to your lifestyle and productivity.

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