I am curious if maybe you’ve heard somebody brag like this: “Oh you know, that new baby, I’m only getting like two hours of sleep a night.” Or maybe this one, “I’m doing great, man, I only sleep six hours a week.”
What I’ve learned is that when we start bragging about the lack of sleep that we get, like it’s a measure of our awesomeness and effectiveness, and yet we keep pushing ourselves and we keep thinking that we’re going to perform, the more I’m learning that is just not the case.
Our bodies need sleep. If you’re one of those people that are bragging you don’t need sleep and you can just keep going and keep functioning at 100%, I hate to tell you this, but you’re lying to yourself, you’ve deceived yourself.
It has been scientifically proven that your body needs sleep. The average adult human needs between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. So if you’re getting 8, you’re doing good. If you’re getting 6, you’re a little on the low end. If you’re getting like 6 a week, or about an hour a night, brother you need some help, you need to get some more sleep.
Why Is Sleep Important?
I was recently reading a 2006 article from the Harvard Business Review, which was directed to managers. What it was saying is that expecting that you can operate at high efficiency with sleep deprivation is stupid; expecting that your people can operate at high efficiency while getting too little sleep is even worse. People have to get sleep.
So what that means is we have to support our bodies in a way that we are allowing ourselves to get enough sleep. That’s giving ourselves enough time, that’s doing the things that’s going to help get the best quality sleep we can get.
And remember, this isn’t just me saying this, but this is coming from the Harvard Business Review, a pretty reputable publication, that says you need some sleep.
When the body goes without sleep, a lot of things start happening. Just take the number of hours you’re awake. When you get to about 18 hours, you are functioning at the same impairment level as someone who is legally drunk. When you get to 20 hours without sleep, you’re functioning at about the same level as someone who blows a 0.1 blood alcohol level, remember the legal limit is 0.08. Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you! Check out the data for yourself at the CDC website.
Simply put, your body needs sleep.
How Do You Get The Right Amount Of Sleep?
There’s a ton of ways to ensure you’re getting the right amount of sleep. First, remember that you don’t have to get all your sleep in one go. It’s better if you can, allowing your body to get into a better rhythm.
However, if that’s not possible for you, if you can do it in two sets, that’s better than just going without. Maybe you get 5-6 hours in one set and 2-3 hours in another set. Great, you can absolutely do that.
The important thing is to get on a schedule and do the same thing consistently. There’s a lot of other things you can do and look at that might be hindering your sleep.
Anger. Frustration. Feeling like an imposter. Tight chest. Fear. Stress. Twitching eye lids. Short fuse.
Doe this sound familiar?
This was how I experienced life from the time I was an early adolescent. I used to think, “I just need to deal with my character flaws. I just need to be calmer, more peaceful.” While I believe I do need those things, little did I know the root cause of my feelings and behaviors was something that was more than just a will to do differently.
It wasn’t until I hit a crossroads in my life, one that completely changed my view of myself, my faith in God, and where I put my priorities that I realized there was something I could do for all of this.
My family had started a couple of years earlier on a discovery journey of health. This meant releasing much of what we thought we knew and allowing new information and beliefs to set it. It meant researching things for ourselves, becoming more educated on our own health, and being more informed about the decisions we were making.
When I reached this crossroads, it was time to continue on this journey for my own health, and these specific challenges. I was sitting in a seminar learning about a natural compound that acts as a bridge in your brain to help neurological chemicals do their jobs correctly. I was fascinated and decided I needed to give this a try.
Now, nearly a year later, my life is completely different. I am finally working on rebuilding my life as I want it. I understand the signs when chemicals are not acting as they should in by brain, and how to treat that. My kids have noticed such a difference that they remind me to use this often, especially if I seem to have a short fuse at times.
There is actually hope of being able to see and feel light. I do not have to live my life in fear of being discovered any longer. I can truly live the life I choose because I have learned to help my brain function.
And the good news is that you can also experience this transformation. This is a journey, there are no “magic solutions.” But if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, there are options.
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