LET’S ALL SLEEP BETTER IN 2016

Just listen to this.

“A sleep revolution will allow us to better solve the world’s problems.”

Doesn’t that sound amazing? It’s like a sigh of relief in a hectic world. It’s also the title of a piece by Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in which she makes a bold prediction for 2016. Put simply, by getting more sleep, she thinks we can change the world. At A Goodnight Sleepstore, we tend to agree with her.

We’re in a sleep-deprivation crisis.

For perhaps billions of people around the world, sleep deprivation is the ultimate source of tension. Despite an abundance of modern research documenting the importance of sleep, disorders and the drive for productivity prevent millions of Americans from meeting their minimum sleep requirements. Exhaustion follows us through every moment of the day, threatening to diminish the quality of our experiences. No thought, action, or interaction is safe from the impact of sleepiness. It’s the burden of being human, affecting everyone – young and old, rich and poor — from every culture known to man.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Throughout time, our relationship with sleep has evolved. Right now in the United States, lack of sleep has risen to the level of public-health crisis – and that’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We should know better. Adequate sleep makes us more efficient and effective, and it allows us to get a fresh perspective from day to day. Despite the well-known benefits of sleep, our culture fails to give it the priority and respect it deserves.

The stage is set for this sleep revolution.

According to Arianna Huffington, sleep “allows us, once we return from our night’s journey, to see the world anew with fresh eyes and a reinvigorated spirit.” Let’s hope that other thought leaders echo her perspective on sleep. If the powers that be could just get on board, we’d find that we have all the resources we need. What’s perceived as a lack of time for sleeping could be made up by increases in efficiency and productivity. There’s little excuse for the scarcity of sleep that we now face.

We have the best bedding technology known to man – ever.

There’s a sophisticated bed available to cure whatever ails you. Whether you need to be cuddled all the time or are allergic to everything, manufacturers have devised a way to meet your sleep needs. From strategically distributed springs to space-age gels and specialty foams, bedding technology is advancing at a lightning pace. Smart-bed technology adjusts to your body throughout the night, while sleep numbers conform to individual comfort preferences. If your bed is causing your sleep problems, a mattress exists to resolve your woes.

We have more insight than ever before.

There’s been an explosion of sleep research in recent years, and it’s been timed perfectly with the proliferation of wearable technologies. While University researchers uncover the deepest secrets of human rest, regular Joes are gathering information about their own sleep patterns. Data about sleep is available at a scale that’s never been achieved before. If we play our cards right and recognize the critical role sleep plays in our lives, we can leverage all that knowledge to create a better world.

Will we use sleep to change the world?

Huffington’s statement can be seen not just as wishful thinking, but also as a challenge for a new year. It carries the promise that, if each of us can figure out the individual-scale problem of sleep, we might collectively come up with better solutions for the bigger issues overwhelming society. It’s time to advocate for adequate sleep in our own lives. What other change could be so simple to implement while carrying such potential to make a profound impact?

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