November 5, 2018
We all need more sleep!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called sleep deprivation a public health crisis, saying that one-third of adults don’t get enough sleep.
The New York Times reports that some 80 percent of people report sleep problems at least once per week.
Here is a non-comprehensive list of the ways your sleep deprivation is personally harming you:
Beyond your severely impaired mental abilities, your body is affected, too: A lack of adequate sleep can contribute to weight gain, puts you at a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease, and makes you far less resistant to the common cold.
First, learn how much sleep you need. Generally, if you’re waking up tired, you’re not getting enough.
However, the gold standard of eight hours per night might not be right for you. A study from 2015 brought into question whether we need that magical number, so following your body is the best way to figure out the right rhythm. The only real guideline is to get as much sleep as you need to feel refreshed and energized the next day, and then do that every single night.