It seems that a lot of this article is topics we have already broached on sleep. It is good to be vindicated! In this article they report on a study done on sleep deprivation, or getting less than 6 hours sleep per night. For those of you who claim you can thrive with less than 6, you might want to look at the science.
Over 700 genes were affected by the lack of adequate sleep. These genes do things like regulate metabolism,and cognitive impairment. The study also states that it throws off the 24 hour biological clock which is marked by our circadian rhythms. Can this be good?
We suspect that it is not good. The jobs these genes do affects our weight and mood. It affects how well we do everyday tasks. So it affects our lives. In this blog we consistently teach good sleep hygiene. Good sleep hygiene is not hard to do, and can make you more competitive in our world. Good sleep Hygiene is simply planning to get as much sleep as your body needs, at regular times. Setting a bed time and a wake time, with enough hours in between. And then sticking to it!
For children good hygiene can last a lifetime. Imagine your child with a better report card. How much can this affect their lives? Maybe better college and a better entry job. Staying on the hygiene will make them as adults more productive at work. Productivity is one criteria for promotion, promotion means more money. And the earlier the promotion comes the more promotions there can be.
Adults also benefit, like children from better attentiveness. Meaning more friends, and better relationships. Metabolically speaking, it is what can make them a beautiful person, inside and out. Obesity is a plague these days, sleep is one weapon to battle it.
We applaud the authors of this study... and to you our readers...