The Sleep Statistics: We Don’t Sleep Enough
Sleep: it’s a necessary part of life that you spend a third of your life doing.
Or should spend a third of your life doing.
Because we’re not sleeping enough. We’re sleeping less and less. And the quality of sleep that we are getting, is not good enough.
Take these statistics:
- In 1942, the average American adult was getting 7.9 hours of sleep per night.
- Now, the average American adult sleeps 6 hours and 31 minutes per night.
- Half of all adults get less than 6 hours of sleep per night.
- 60% of all American adults say they have problems sleeping.
Keep in mind that sleep scientists agree that you need between 7-9 hours of sleep per night to be healthy and perform at your peak.
They also agree that if you’re averaging less than 6 hours of sleep per night, you’ll severely impair your health, performance and wellbeing.
The uncomfortable truth is that many people are chronically sleep-deprived - and paying the price for it.
How Your Lack Of Sleep Is Hurting You
Sleep is a necessary part of life and a cornerstone of good health. Every aspect of your mental, emotional and physical performance is affected by the quality of your sleep.
Yet most people try to scrape by with as little as possible and suffer severe consequences as a result.
When you don’t sleep well, you:
- Are more stressed, anxious and have a worse mood
- Perform worse physically, get exhausted easier, have less strength, and gain more weight
- Are less productive, creative, worse at solving problems, make more errors, have a slower reaction time and are less alert
- Age faster
- Are more vulnerable to certain diseases, illnesses and other conditions… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Why Sleeping Well Is So Important For Your Health And Performance
Most people that neglect their sleep don’t fully understand how important it is.
They don’t even realize that their continuous sleep problems are a catalyst for so many other professional, personal, physical and mental problems that are plaguing their lives.
Sleep isn’t a sexy subject. But it matters.
Your body does the vast majority of healing and building when you’re asleep. Sleep plays a critical role in your hormone secretion and the function of your DNA.
Quality sleep helps you:
- Build, maintain and repair muscle
- Lose weight and decrease belly fat faster
- Consolidate memory, and clean the brain
- Feel better and have more control of your emotions
- Look better by keeping your skin young
- Bolster your health in many small and big ways….and so much more
The bottom line: sleep matters. It’s something you need to help your body and mind function at their optimal levels. You’re not healthy, unless your sleep is healthy.
Prioritize it, and the quality of everything in your life will greatly improve.