β†’ the importance of sleep

Why, exactly, are we so sleep-deprived? What has happened over the course of the last 75 years? In 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on six hours or less sleep a night; in 2017, almost one in two people is. The reasons are seemingly obvious. β€œFirst, we electrified the night,” Walker says. β€œLight is a profound degrader of our sleep. Second, there is the issue of work: not only the porous borders between when you start and finish, but longer commuter times, too. No one wants to give up time with their family or entertainment, so they give up sleep instead. And anxiety plays a part. We’re a lonelier, more depressed society. Alcohol and caffeine are more widely available. All these are the enemies of sleep.”

A great article on the importance of sleep: an adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention.

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3 thoughts on “β†’ the importance of sleep”

    1. Sorry to hear this. I struggled a lot with sleep until I gave up caffeinated beverages (Pepsi Max) and then almost suddenly I slept better than I ever had. Giving up caffeine is seriously hard though: harder for me than alcohol.

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