There just aren’t enough hours in the day so the obvious answer is to sleep less. That’s what I used to think, but how much harm are we doing to ourselves? Many of us don’t get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night because we stay up to ‘relax’ by watching tv or to reply to some emails, and we’re up early to go back into the office. We pride ourselves that it’s ok and that we can survive on 5 or 6 hours a night, especially us men. That was me a few years ago.
But according to the WHO two thirds of the Western World are ‘sleep deprived’. That’s not surprising because to be sleep deprived, you only need to be regularly getting less than 7 hours a night. But did you know that if that is you, you are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, a stroke, be over-weight, and be ‘cognitively impaired’? In the longer-term you are more likely to die early and if you don’t, spend your final years with Alzheimer’s. You might think you’re the exception but the number of people who can survive unimpaired without sufficient sleep is very, very small.
The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep. These include cutting down on caffeine, no bright screens just before bedtime and softening the lights late in the evening.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, come and talk to us. We can help.