You feeling it? In doing research for this video, I came across some insanely terrifying statistics about sleep which I share in today's episode. To whet your whistle, think about this one...
8.6 million adults in the U.S. use prescription sleep medication.
This is not okay! Why is it that this simple thing, something built into our human selves that is required for us to heal, repair, and function, is becoming increasingly difficult?
All you have to do is lie down, stop and close your eyes. I think it's the 'stop' bit that we're having trouble with. With all the bright lights, stimulating foods, evening news and a glowing screen we carry in our pockets, we don't ever stop anymore. We expect that when the clock reaches that magic number, our brains will just shut down and allow us to gently glide into that place of sweet, deep sleep. Nope. Not happening.
But we need to sleep. Exhaustion is epidemic. We use coffee as a main fuel source, buzz on adrenaline all the live long day and crash at the end of it, but when it comes to actually going to sleep, we are left blinking, and buzzing, tossing and turning.
- Frightening stats about how tired YOU actually are!
- How to set up your room for optimal sleep.
- Why checking your email before bed is a very, very bad thing (and not just because of what your email says).
- How your alarm clock could be hindering your sleep quality, before it's even time to wake up.
- An important and often overlooked dietary requirement for sleep.
- What you need to avoid for optimal sleep.
I highly recommend you take these important tips from Josh into account and try them out. When we are in a rush, or feel like our days are packed too tight, we often forfeit sleep. Sleep needs to be a non-negotiable date in our lives, each and every day. Without enough of it we will burn out, get sick more frequently, and ultimately, all the other best bits of our day will be less awesome.
What are your best tips for winding down and ensuring you get great sleep?