“Almost 74% of all Americans do not get enough sleep each night”.
National Sleep Foundation, 2002 Annual Sleep Survey
I wonder how often people in the sandwich generation short-change their sleep every single night?
The benefits of sleep impact nearly every area of daily life. While it may be obvious that sleep is beneficial, most people don’t realize how much sleep they need and why it is so important.
According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, your body manages and requires sleep pretty much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing. Extensive research has been done on the effects of sleep. These studies have consistently shown that sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity, and emotional well-being.
This explains why, after a good night’s sleep, you feel better, your thoughts are clearer, and your emotions are less fragile. Without adequate sleep, judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information are weakened.
So, get back to a normal sleep regimen. Then, your parents and your kids can avoid to see the cranky side of you.
Are you part of this 74% not getting enough sleep? If so, what’s keeping you up? Please leave your comments below.
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