How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Did you watch television a little later than intended? Surfed the internet until your eyes were hurting? Only to find yourself with a “second wind” around 11:45pm? How do you generally feel upon awakening? Tired and groggy? Or refreshed and peppy?
Lack of adequate sleep has been shown to affect our health, jobs, relationships and safety. Getting sufficient quality sleep is crucial to how we feel and perform in every single way. Yet we live in a culture that, as of yet, doesn’t greatly value sleeping, napping or relaxing in general. But when your health is on the line, isn’t it time to re-assess your priorities in life? If you’ve ever suffered from a serious health condition you already know the answer. Turns out lack of sleep can lead to more than one serious health condition, in addition to endangering the lives of others.
Consider those sleep statistics :
• 9 millions people use sleep medications, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
• The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey determined that, among 74,571 adult respondents, 37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month, and 4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving, at least once in the preceding month.
• The National Sleep Foundation’s 2009 Sleep in America poll shows that as many as 1.9 million drivers have had a car crash or a near miss due to drowsiness in the past year. Even more surprising, 54% of drivers (105 million) have driven while drowsy at least once in the past year, and 28% (54 million) do so at least once per month.
• Some of the most devastating human and environmental health disasters have been partially attributed to sleep loss and night shift work-related performance failures, including the tragedy at the Bhopal, India, chemical plant; the nuclear reactor meltdowns at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl; as well as the grounding of the Star Princess cruise ship and the Exxon Valdez oil tanker.
• Overworked and sleep-deprived air traffic controllers have also made headlines, nodding off on the job and dangerously leaving pilots with no communication for some time.
• A 2011 study indicated that lack of sleep can result in higher rates of surgical complications if a surgeon had less than six hours of sleep the preceding night.
Aside from the above, as a subway rider, I cannot help but notice the amount of people looking absolutely exhausted and yes, falling asleep on the subway. And not just in the morning! At all times of day. Parallel to that, how can we not notice the multitude of coffee shops popping out on every street corner, each with their many versions of energy-boosting sugary coffee drinks. And that’s not it. Go to any drugstore and you’ll find a colorful assortment of energy drinks, energy shots, energy pills, caffeine tablets (the latter from Walgreens literally called “Stay Awake”!!). Millions of us are self-medicating all-too-casually with those substances. We are a sleep-deprived society and it is costing us a lot.
Here’s for a sample:
• Memory loss.
• Poor concentration.
• Lowered immunity. (an open door to chronic, bacterial and viral infections)
• Feeling depressed. (Having insomnia for one year or more is a strong risk factor for becoming depressed.)
• Mood disturbance. Reactivity. Impatience.
• Congestive heart failure.
• Alcohol use. (initially sedating but eventually creates restlessness through the night)
• Excessive reliance on sugar, caffeine, energy drinks to keep energy up artificially. Creates adrenal fatigue overtime, disrupts hormonal balance, causes weight gain on and on…
It should be obvious to you by now that lack of sleep makes daily living freakin’ hard! Effortful. Heavy. Not fun. But maybe it’s been so long since you’ve lined up a few good nights of sleep that you don’t even remember what that would feel like? I’ll tell you: you’d feel peppier. Lighter. Sharper. Healthier!
So how do you get this healing sleep? Come find out on Thursday February 6th from 6:30pm -8:30pm at the Ayurveda Center NY. You will learn:
• What is the optimal time range to go to bed and to wake up.
• What to do when your mind is going round and round at bedtime.
• Why you wake up in the middle of the night and what to do about it.
• Simple tools to invite sleep naturally, wake up refreshed, clear-minded and enthusiastic about the day ahead.
BONUS: everyone will take away a sample of the delightful essential oil blend Sleep – A Bedtime Ritual by Essence of Vali. Thanks Vali!
Click below to reserve your spot. Space is limited.
And don’t forget that sharing is caring. If you have a friend who struggles with sleep be sure to share this with them.
Until next time,