Are you getting enough sleep lately?
I have not been getting enough sleep lately.
I realised this the other day, when reading an article about the latest medicine Nobel Price. It had been awarded to three scientists for discovering how molecular mechanisms maintain our body-clock and synchronise with the earth´s cycle of day and night.
Sleep has always been a topic that interests me. I became painfully aware of how important it is to me after the birth of my first child, when watching the devastating sleep depravation effects on my mood and health. I did not even had a child who was sleeping particularly badly. However not getting more than 2 hours of sleep in one go was getting to me, fast.
There are vastly different opinions on how much sleep is enough. In the book why we sleep the author is a big advocate of getting 8-9 hours a day. He also has a strong opinion about what he considers to be a global “sleep loss epidemic” partly as a result of our modern lifestyle where technology (such as screens) has an extremely negative effect of our sleep patterns. I definitely agree with this last view, not necessarily with the fact that everybody would need this amount of hours. Actually I think it is rather difficult for most of us to squeeze that many hours of sleep into our fully packed agendas. Sadly.
There is hope on the horizon: other studies suggest that too much sleep is equally harmful or that it is the time we go to bed that matters more than the actual amount of hours snoring.
Be it as it may, I believe everyone is different and has a reasonable idea of “what feels right” for you. I certainly know that I have not been getting enough quality sleep lately. So on that note my October´s resolution is to purposefully try to get back into a healthier schedule.
And you? Are you getting enough sleep?