The underlying issue that is causing so many Americans to lose sleep is: PRODUCTIVITY. That's right, our culture has put such pressure on being productive that often times sleep is the first thing to go as it is seen as "unproductive" subconsciously by many.
Can we talk for a minute about the underlying problem regarding sleep in our society? Sleep is commonly viewed as an unproductive activity. How many times do you go to bed late or get up earlier in order to get something checked off your to do list? Our society is so obsessed with productivity and going-going all the time that sleep becomes the "task" that gets cut off the to-do list. I recently listened to an amazing Podcast by Shawn Stevenson where he discussed this phenomenon in our culture specifically and in depth. I was in 100% agreement with him. I couldn't believe that I hadn't dialed in on this issue earlier in my own life. I love feeling productive and crossing things off my to do list. More often than not I was totally skimping sleep because it's not on my to do list and I felt like it didn't give me anything of value. How mistaken I was. Sleep makes a whole DAY more productive if I can just make getting quality sleep a priority over checking off just ONE more thing.
If you understand this issue, you are one step closer to fixing the problem.
Sleep, however, is one of the most important components to living a healthy life. Sleep regulates and repairs so many other functions in our bodies. By getting adequate, restful sleep your mood will improve, your physical body will feel better, your hormones will be more balanced. Sleep is an amazing part of how our bodies function.
By getting a quality 7-8 hours of sleep per night, you are making a step in the right direction to improve and fix so many parts of your body that get worn down during the day:
How can you create a sleep environment from from the image above today? Can you let yourself drift off to sleep a half hour earlier than normal? Remember that just because society has deemed sleep as unproductive, doesn't mean that's true. Sleep is your best friend!
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