We face a conundrum of realism.
Although most people would love to sleep for 8 hours every night, in reality there are many other factors that must be considered. There are more than enough work, kids, school, household, having a social life, and TV show responsibilities to fill up your standard issue, 24-hour-day adult life. And if you’ve ever been hangry – and who hasn’t? – you know that skimping on meals isn’t a way to make more productive time in your life.
So that you don’t start (or stop, I guess, if you already are) stressing in iambic pentameter, we offer these humble arguments to counter opposition to resting now or in the future. Next time you’re faced with the dilemma as whether to sleep or not, here are a few things to consider about getting a few more hours (or even a few more minutes) of sleep.
These are the valuable bits about deciding to sleep.
- Getting adequate sleep can increase energy levels and motivation
- Too little sleep impairs the ability to concentrate and make decisions
- A good night’s sleep can lower stress and improve mood
- Good sleep habits are associated with less depression and anxiety
- Well-rested individuals tend to eat healthier and be more physically active
- Sleep is important for memory consolidation and brain function
- Being tired increases the risk for getting into a motor vehicle accident
- Poor sleep is associated with weight gain and obesity
- Individuals who sleep 7-9 hours a night have a lower risk for developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease
- Good sleep can contribute to living a healthier and longer life
Long story short, you should probably sleep. And not just lay down and try – actually sleep. We’re here to help out with that.