With more and more people around the world suffering from insomnia, exhaustion and sleepless nights, it’s becoming obvious that changes in modern human lifestyles are starting to clash with the ways our bodies have been designed to operate.
In today’s 24/7/365 culture, the internet never shuts down, the ability to always find a friend who’s “still up” give us too many opportunities to get caught up in conversations sometimes about trivial things too.
Also, entrepreneurs, students and professionals are giving a new meaning to the phrase “burning the midnight oil” and “all-nighters” are becoming the norm in today’s competitive business environment.
“We have biologically shifted ourselves so we can’t fall asleep earlier,” says Charles A. Czeisler, a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Sleep Deprivation & Insomnia Are Becoming A Normal Way Of Life
Sleep deprivation is almost a badge of honor in some circles, but in truth, getting less than 6-8 hours of sleep reduces productivity, efficiency, reaction times, mood and immune strength. We shouldn’t have to compromise health and our long term priorities in order to live a satisfied and accomplished life.
People are getting less sleep and feeling the effects, it’s obvious that changes in our lifestyles are going to have to start being made in order to live a long and happy life.
“It’s our exposure to artificial light, particularly in the evening between the timing of sunset and when you normally go to bed, that’s dramatically changed the timing of our endogenous circadian rhythms,” Czeisler said.
Light exposure in the evening, through bright ambient room lighting, and direct exposure via devices like, smart phones, computers and tablets, has the ability to delay melatonin production and literally change our body’s Circadian Rhythm.
What Can We Do Now?
“Relax, turn off the mobile phone and TV, and create a more pleasant bed-time routine.” says sleep specialist Russell Rosenberg.
We must realize that sleep is an essential act for our bodies health and fitness, we need to take steps to take control of our sleep cycles, for improved health and quality of life.
- Choose a healthy sleep pattern that fits with your lifestyle.
- Create an environment conducive to good sleep.
- Stick to your plan and always return to it even if you must cheat and take a few late nights.