Sleeping 101

I was watching The Project on Channel 10 tonight and yet again… there was a story about how us humans need our sleep.

I always read, watch, or listen to stories about how we need sleep with a bit of a smile. The reason I smile, is mostly because I can’t help but feel a level of smugness that every night, I am giving myself the best chance of getting the restorative rest that I need to function each day because I sleep by myself.

The Project’s story reported that 66% of people regularly have sleepless nights. Are you a %age in that statistic?

We need sleep to help our metabolism┬ákeep working over night, which is why people who don’t get enough sleep often struggle with their weight. But that’s not all. There are so many health risks associated with not getting enough sleep at night – it’s frightening.

Dr Andrew Rochford (who I think is just a bit cute), who was sitting on the panel said that “One part of health that we neglect the most often and place the least amount of importance on”.

When you continue to sleep with a partner who keeps you awake night after night, what are you achieving? I am always surprised by the number of people who prioritise projecting the image of a ‘successful’ relationship over getting a good night’s sleep.

But that’s just me.

Not only is there a loooonnnnnggggg list of physical health implications to be faced by not getting enough rest every night, sleeplessness has serious social, emotional and mental implications. It’s just not worth it.

If you are staying put in your shared bed and waking tired every day, I strongly urge you to do some research. Start with the video from The Project, let the smooth talking Dr Rochford convince you of the benefits of sleep, then hop on the internet and start researching.

Google “What happens when you don’t get enough sleep” and set aside some time to take it all in.

Sleeping 101 is very easy to pass. It might just involve an excursion to another room though as field study.

Night, night.


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