“Sleep is such a luxury which I can’t afford.” ― Robin Sikarwar
If you think you’re getting more done by sleeping less, you may be right. But the cost of doing such will take a toll on your long-term health.
Over the recent decades, research has shown again and again that sleep deprivation can have a devastating effect on your overall health – not to mention your figure.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends at least 7 hours of sleep to get the maximum benefits of shut-eye.
And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting less than this amount can significantly increase the risk of many life-threatening diseases.
This includes heart problems, cancer, arthritis, kidney disease, stroke, diabetes and even depression.
And the worst part is that there are about 70 million people in the U.S. alone who are struggling with a lack of sleep.
“Man is a genius when he is dreaming.” ― Akira Kurosawa
Theo, a fifteen-year-old high school student, was nodding off at class.
His busy schedule takes up a lot of his time, and unfortunately, it’s been cutting into his sleeping hours.
Between tests, reports and projects, Theo also trains after school hours for the karate varsity team.
With so much to do, it’s become a challenge for him to balance his time.
“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” ― Homer
Joe, a marketing assistant for an advertising firm, is hardly a role model for good sleep habits.
If he’s not working long hours at the office, Joe takes his work home – specifically his laptop in bed.
It’s not any better on the weekends, either. On his free time, Joe’s surfing the Internet late into the night.
And when he finally decides to get some shut-eye, his brain goes on auto-pilot, thinking about all the stuff he needs to take care of on Monday.
Most people in industrialized societies are working jobs with long hours and lead incredibly busy lives.
With so much to do, they often skip on the essentials of good health, such as not getting enough sleep.
Take Michael, for instance. He’s a 24-year old call center agent and a new father who regularly works the graveyard shift.
With the demands of parenthood and work bearing down on him, he treated sleep as a luxury he couldn’t afford.
But contrary to what most people think, sleep is FAR from a luxury.