After about a 10 minute yawning session with one of my co-workers, I was asked “Do you get enough sleep”? Fortunately I was able to share with her that I did, knowing that I actually get more than the average person. A bonus is that my work schedule is somewhat flexible so I begin my work day sometimes at 1pm, when others have already put in 4-5 hours on their job.
According to researchers the average person needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night. However, almost 35% of Americans receive less than 6 hours. After researching this area extensively for my book “How to Be Schoolgirl Skinny”, I learned that developing a pattern of not getting enough sleep can impact our bodies is several ways other than just making us drowsy throughout during the day.
For example, research has indicated that not receiving enough sleep consistently can contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Therefore, I have a general rule when it comes to sleeping. And it is simply “get up when you are no longer sleepy and tired.” Then you know that you are ready to face the day and tackle anything that life throws at you.
What’s important is that you get enough sleep so that you stay focused and alert throughout the day, you not irritable and you simply provide your body with the opportunity to rejuvenate itself. Remember even God rested on the 7th day. For more information on the importance of getting enough sleep. Watch this video below by Dr. Evan Stepp.