How much you need to sleep for a happy and productive life?
Most people get it wrong, do you?
7 September, 2020 by
Jennifer

Start writing heSince the invention of electricity, the number of hours people spend sleeping has decreased dramatically. Nowadays there is about a million things you could be doing instead of sleeping and one is no longer tied to the circadian rhythms, or so they think. It is also trendy now to sleep very little, because some millionaire sleeps only 4 hours per day and so should you if you want to be successful, right?

To give a quick answer: Wrong! Sleeping not only is essential to stay healthy, but also plays a big role in restoring your body’s energy and motivation to continue making your dreams come true the next day. Unfortunately, comfortably laying your head on a cozy neck pillow is not as fashionable as achieving life goals, partying in a night club, binging Netflix, scrolling Instagram feed, which makes good sleeping habits obsolete. Do we even need sleep to be happy, successful, and healthy?

Most doctors and researchers would confirm that sleeping is one of the most important parts of your day and a good night sleep, during which your body and mind rest properly, sets you up for a great day. Harvard Medical School has links various health problems such as obesity, heart disease and immune system failure with sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation also results in moodiness, inability to concentrate and increased stress levels, which not only can jeopardize your productivity but also lead to anxiety and depression. Doctors also see a good night sleep as essential for a healthy body as sleep is essentially the only time when your back muscles and neck rest and recover. As sleep deprivation and improper sleeping can lead to not just stiffness in your neck but even cardiovascular diseases, it is clear that sleeping is as important as eating and one should not voluntarily give it up.

It is very important to sleep in good conditions as well, as you cannot expect to wake up without a stiff neck or back pain if you are sleeping on an old pillow purchased years ago from a supermarket chain. The quality of sleep is as important as the length of sleep, and should not be overlooked.

Firstly, it is important to sleep in a fresh and cool room. Secondly, orthopedic doctors recommend to use a proper mattress and a memory foam pillow that is made specifically for sleeping. Often you can find orthopedic pillows and mattresses, which are specifically designed for your back to have a healthy rest at the end of the day.

Even though a proper pillow and mattress can be pricy, it is one of the best investments in yourself that you can make. It is also recommended to go to stick to a sleeping schedule that would result in going to bed and waking up at similar times, which would make your body get used to it and in time it’ll be easier to fall asleep and wake up.

All in all, as many people overlook and opt out of a healthy sleep routine, doctors and researchers agree on the importance of sleep and following their recommendation can not only save you from various physical health problems, but also help you stay productive and happy throughout the days.

References

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/how-many-hours-of-sleep-are-enough/faq-20057898

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-effects-of-sleep-deprivation