“Almost 74% of all Americans do not get enough sleep each night”.

National Sleep Foundation, 2002 Annual Sleep Survey

Another busy day caring for your kids and your aging parents (i.e. sandwich generation)…now, you’re behind, again. So, you snatch a few hours of your sleep time to get everything done.

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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  1. April
    This topic is so necessary. Sleep is one of the most critical energy healers of all. With more sleep the body restores itself. I call it a mini-reset. When the head of the caregiving is well rested the entire group benefits.
    Thanks for the great reminder!

  2. April Fan

    Yes, sleep–a true necessity. A well-rested caregiver is a happy caregiver :)

  3. April,
    This post is curiously on target in two ways. 1) My husband said to me today “you sure have been sleeping a lot” and 2) I stopped by the grocery store heading into the office to get my lunch sandwich. Learning how to take better care of ourselves is critical at any age, but you’re showing me that awareness is the first step! Good job.

  4. April Fan

    Hi Beatrice,
    Yes, it all begins with awareness. Then, back to basics: eat, drink, and sleep ;)

  5. Oh, what I wouldn’t do for more sleep! Parents with babies and toddlers may find this unrealistic. The day will come though when everyone sleeps! Ill keep day dreaming of that time.

  6. April Fan

    Hi Tara,
    I feel your pain. I’ve been getting real creative to squeezing in the “shut eye”. Sleep really does the body good.

  7. I think I don’t get a restful sleep at night because I don’t actively wind down at a set time at night. I might start a project too late and then my brain keeps racing during my sleep time and I wake up to finish what I started. Discipline I think is key!!!

  8. April Fan

    Kenetia, isn’t it funny how we have to discipline ourselves to get sleep?

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