Most “Influencers” you find in your social media circles will tell you that you have to “work harder” and “do more”. While I agree with the likes of Grant Cardone and Eric Thomas, I have to add in one thing that you should also remember to incorporate into your push to meet your goals. Sleep.
According to a recent article in The Guardian, people may want to think twice about skimping on sleep time. Even though we here at Tizzime are all about “getting the most out of your 24”, this is not to say that you should be moving and shaking the whole 24 hours.
In the article a Sleep Scientist (yes those exist) named Mathew Walker states that his research has found links between sleep loss and Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and poor mental health. I don’t know about you, but just based on common sense and personal knowledge I think that at least giving this subject a few minutes is well worth the time.
Going further into his studies he explores many different aspects of how humans have been affected by sleep in the past, present and how we may be affected by it in the future. For instance, did you know that “In 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on six hours or less sleep a night; in 2017, almost one in two people is.” That’s a big change.
More interesting to me though is the effect “artificial light” has had on us. I actually talked about this in one of my article for HubPages. You can check it out here. Work is also an issue. We do too much.
Let’s say you work 8 hours a day. That 8 hours is not accounting for the time you spend preparing for work and the commute time it takes for you to get there and back. By the time you get home you’re either too wired to sleep, don’t want to seem like your whole day is about work so you stay up, or you have to spend time with the family. On the flip side of that Mathew’s studies also suggest that people who are not very busy lie about how much sleep they get.
Think about it. How embarrassing is it for most people to proclaim that they actually slept 8 or more hours. You may get accused of being lazy or even worse, “you’re getting old”. Aww, you need a nap grandpa? This is the result of people being too scared to embrace their individuality.
This is the problem with the “follow me” social media fade that seems to be deconstructing personalities and turning humans into zombies. You can read more about that here. But, let’s get back to the correlation between sleep and death.
8 Hours A Day Keeps The Doctors Away?
While reading a scientific paper Mathew gets an ah-ha moment. He found that certain types of dementia were “attacking parts of the brain that had to do with controlled sleep, while other types left those sleep centers unaffected.” This is when he realized that he should be studying brainwave activity when patients were asleep, not awake.
To make a long story short, he got obsessed with finding a link between sleep loss and human ailments. This is when he set up shop and started his journey. What he found out may make you hit the sack after reading this. Check this out.
“Adults aged 45 years or older who sleep less than six hours a night are 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in their lifetime, as compared with those sleeping seven or eight hours a night”.
Well, that’s not good. How about this?
“A lack of sleep also appears to hijack the body’s effective control of blood sugar, the cells of the sleep-deprived appearing, in experiments, to become less responsive to insulin, and thus to cause a prediabetic state of hyperglycaemia.”
I could keep going on, but I’ve provided a link to the article and will leave a video below. I think you’re beginning to get the point though. The question you should be asking yourself now is; what can I do about this?
Seek More Sleep
A good place to start is right here, right now. Make a list right now of your typical day and calculate how much time those things take. Oh, and you have to add in the time you spend on social media and texting. Let’s be honest, these days that can take up a lot of time.
After your calculations, some of you might see that your paper looks like your bank statement. More subtraction than addition. Don’t worry there’s something you can about this.
You are living in the computer age, what’s the problem?! In a few years robots will be taking away human jobs and drones might be delivering your groceries. Use this to your advantage. Instead of spending two hours in Walmart, order online and get it shipped.
Don’t like Walmart’s shipping process, go with Amazon. They are the top of the line. If you are a scientist like Mathew or a blogger like me, look into services that can do research for you such as Client Research Subscription or Blog Assistance Subscription. What are you worried about spending money?
After everything you just read, what do you think is more important; Your sleep or your money? Yes without money you’ll be sleeping on the street, but without sleep, your body will eventually start shutting down on you. You can’t make money on your death-bed.
One of my all-time favorite artists is Nas. In his famous song, N.Y. State of Mind, Nas says, I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” I understand this artist very well, let me break this line down to you.
What he is referring to in this line is not “sleep” literally, but being asleep mentally. You know how people now like to say that they are “awake.” They aren’t reporting the obvious. They are saying that they aren’t just a zombie walking around with their heads in the clouds. Something to think about. Goodnight.
So what are you going to do, now that you know how sleep affects your life and your money? Let me know. Leave a reply in the comment box below.