You Spend 1/3 Of Life Sleeping
With a busy life, you can be easily tempted to cut into that shuteye time to get more into your day. Many Americans do exactly that with only half of all them getting the recommended amount of sleep. (1)
While it seems like an easy way to get ahead, it comes at a cost. For starters, it costs the US an estimated $411 billion every year. (2) That’s more than the value of Walmart, Whole Foods, and every American car company combined.
So while a 4-hour sleep schedule is a worn like a badge of honor, it's almost certainly not the best long-term course and here’s why.
Mental Benefits of Sleep
Sleep deprivation makes you a slower thinker, worse decision maker, less productive, less ethical, less creative, and a more stressful version of yourself.
Physical Benefits of Sleep
Sleep deprivation decreases your strength and lifespan while it increases your chances of being diagnosed with disease or being injured.
How Much Sleep?
3 Ways to Optimize Sleep
Block Blue Light - Blue light from screens significantly impacts sleep quality. Here are some free ways to avoid this and still use your devices: use Night Shift mode on your phone and install f.lux for your computer. (20)
If a supplement existed that had all of sleep's benefits, you would buy it. The bad news is that no supplement exists. The good news is that sleep does and it’s free. Sleep 7-8 hours every night to be a significantly improved version of yourself.
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