Americans Not Sleeping Well
A recent poll from the National Sleep Foundation, finds that Americans are sleepy and technology isn’t helping us much.
The problems with sleep does not affect all age groups the same way. as expected, the younger we are, the more plugged in we are to our devices.
Roughly one in five of generation Z’ers (13-18 year olds) and generation Y’ers (19-29 year olds) rate as “sleepy” using a standard clinical assessment tool (included in the poll) compared to about one in ten generation X’ers (30-45 year olds) and baby boomers (46-64 year olds).
But we don’t have to stay sleepy, there are things that we can do to get our minds and bodies back to normal.
01. Give Yourself A Bedtime
It may feel like we’re in elementary school again, but our parents were right in making sure we sleep at a decent time. Studies show that we need 8 hours of sleep on order to feel rested. So, depending on the time that you have to way up, count back 8 hours and you have your bed time.
For example, if you wake up at 6, you must be in bed by 10. Yes we’ll miss our favorite shows, but sleep is more important.
02. Have A LAN Phone Number
As my family would say, “have a house number.” I remember in the not so distant past, people would be crazy to wake everyone in he house at ungodly hours just to chat. To call the house phone at off times during the night meant someone was sick, dead, or lost–and if they weren’t, you can be sure they will be.
People call each other on the cell phone at off hours of the night because we have made it okay to do so. We are always saying “call me anytime,” and there are people who really do take that literally.
By offering an alternative number to call after certain hours, you can rest assured that you are still connected, but no need to be called over nonsense.
03. Turn Off the Electronic Devices
This may be the hardest advice I can give, but if you can’t stop the phone or laptop from buzzing, beeping, or lighting up, then it’s time to turn it off. This will not only save your sleep, but think of how much money you’ll save by not having to buy so much coffee the next day.
These steps are simple, but maybe that’s what we need now. Tell me: how do you manage to get your 8 hours of sleep?