If I sleep 7 hours a night I have 119 hours a week to do everything I need to do. That’s 6188 hours a year. Surely that should be enough?
Only 7% of people get eight hours of sleep a night. But the effects of this might be calamitous: Getting less sleep is associated with a 200% rise in cancer, a 100% rise in heart disease, and a 20% rise in the likelihood you’ll be dead in 20 years. That said, what the infographic doesn’t tell is that sleeping too much can be almost as a dangerous as not sleeping enough. If you sleep over nine hours a day, you’re more likely to be fat, diabetic, depressed, and have heart disease. So get eight hours, but no more.
We received the loveliest email from Jenna:
Just wanted to write to say what a great product the Mutewatch will be! I lost most of my hearing at 14 and ever since I’ve had to sleep with my Cochlear Implant on so that I could hear my alarm in the morning. Mutewatch will not only let me sleep in peace without my aids on, but it also looks amazing! Can’t wait to get my hands on one, though choosing between the awesome red and the beautiful white will be hard!
The purpose of sleep? No one knows. Whether the reason for sleep is to let our brains and bodies recharge, or to take care of our memory, we’ve all suffered the repercussions of not getting enough of it (missed appointments, impaired cognition,mistaking one’s soap for toothpaste) – unless you happen to have that rare genetic mutation that lets you get by with only six hours in which case I am a bit jealous of you.
Three crucial elements need to be in place to ensure I get the seven to eight hours of sleep I need nightly:
A harmonious environment - everyone has their own idea of what constitutes a comfortable bedroom. For me, it’s warmth. If a room is cold then I can’t relax. Warmth is crucial to me so I sleep with some form of blanket regardless of whether I’m in a tropical climate or a subarctic one. A plan or a to-do list for the next day – usually jotted down in my notebook or on tiny post-its stuck to my computer screen. The length of -and amount of time invested in each plan or list is in direct correlation to how worried I am about next day’s important tasks. Some nights it is particularly good if I spend about half an hour writing out a kind of plan before sleeping. Two alarms -one alarm with the time set to run 6 minutes ahead and another “just in case” alarm on my mobile, for if the power shuts off or something.
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