I once heard that if you want to imagine what the mind of a creative individual looks like, think of a web browser with thousands of tabs open all the time. I can't help but laugh, because it's completely true! My mind has a hard time turning off, which makes bed time almost impossible.
At the heart of our current sleep crisis is our collective delusion that overwork and burnout are the price we must pay in order to succeed. The method (or cheat code) we use isn't a mystery; feeling that there aren't enough hours in the day, we look for something to cut. And sleep is an easy target. In fact, up against this unforgiving definition of success, sleep doesn't stand a chance.
While different people have various methods that help enhance their sleep, here are a few ways to improve your sleep patterns.
Military commanders must think of sleep as a weapon that they can deploy. This means that the decision maker must be afforded the opportunity to gain sufficient rest. Rested commanders are the best commanders.
Not getting enough sleep, we now know, is like smoking cigarettes or drinking too much -- something which is bad for us, plain and simple. But if we can learn to prioritize it, there is a huge dividend to be reaped in terms of our health and happiness.
The next time you're brushing your teeth, take a look in the mirror for these 4 clues that teeth give about the quality of your sleep breathing:
Being busy has nothing to do with being productive. It actually shields our dodging of important yet very uncomfortable actions. It restricts professional performance and limits mental capacity by compromising decision-making processes and letting our impulses loose. Although being busy can make us feel more alive, the state itself is not sustainable in the long term.
Let's face it, our parents didn't have baby monitors. They assumed we were ok if they didn't hear us screaming. But for our generation of baby monitors and spy cameras for nannies, we couldn't imagine not being able to see our precious ones every second of their existence. It's kind of crazy actually.
One great thing about owning a smartphone is having the ability to have multiple alarms set on any given day. Most people have alarms to wake themselves up in the morning, but do people use alarms to alert them to report to bed?
"Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber." What a beautiful way of describing sleep. The quote above was written by the bard himself. Unfortun...
It's hard to explain how it feels to suddenly lose a family member at a young age. My brother Jim was energetic, fun, loved school, and had lots of friends. Jim drove regularly just as many of us do, careful to wear seatbelts, avoid speeding, using mirrors to check other nearby drivers, etc.
I was fortunate enough to sit down with Arianna Huffington for an extended interview to discuss the #SleepRevolution. She was able to expand on her personal experience with sleep deprivation and explained how prioritizing sleep will benefit your education, work, and social life.
Sadly, most children, teens and adults are not getting close to the recommended night's sleep and you can see this clearly in futile attempts to sleep in on the weekends to pay off our mounting "sleep debt."
Changing our bad habits with sleep is not something we can change quickly. Here are some constructive ways from Arianna's Huffington's book The Sleep Revolution, to help you consistently get a good night sleep on a daily basis.
The ACP's recently published guidelines recommend doctors put aside their prescription pads in favor of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) as the most effective and safest treatment.
A great deal of people suffer from sleep deprivation, either self-induced or organically. There are a few simple things that we can do to improve our ability to achieve a better night's sleep.