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Sleep your way to the Top with The 5 Minutes to Better Sleep Series – Introduction

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Sleep your way to the Top with The 5 Minutes to Better Sleep Series – Introduction

I am introducing my 5 minutes to better sleep series. Where we will break down the different elements that dramatically affect our sleep in a clear easy to understand way.

Together we will explore the why, the how, and what we can do about it!

Today we are talking about an intro to sleep and why we should care.

What’s the big deal? Sleep isn’t for the lazy..

Have you ever pulled an all-nighter to get a project complete? Or hit the night scene up till the wee hours of the next day.

It can often feel like there are enough hours in the day to get everything done, so you start to steal from your sleep hours.

But why? We know we need it because it is clear how awful we feel after those all-nighters.

Is our mind and body at rest, building up energy for a new day?

What we do know about sleep is that during sleep our nervous system is fairly inactive, the muscles that support our body are relaxed, our eyes are typically closed, and our consciousness is basically suspended.

Sleep is a complex condition, and while we still have so much to learn about sleep. We need to understand that sleep is the absolute foundation of our heath.

It affects almost every system in the body. The brain is very active during sleep and has a lot of housekeeping and repair to do. The brain is not at rest. But were using it in a different way.
About one in 5 adults fail to get enough sleep. If you are missing out on sleep, regardless of if it is by chance or by choice. The effect is going to be much more than sleepiness the next day.

Our ability to meet our sleep needs affects our body’s restoration processes, memory consolidation, as well as our metabolic health.

Sleep loss alters our normal functioning of attention and disrupts the ability to focus on sensory inputs.

Like the parent that blows up on the kids just for getting a bit loud during a game.

Lack of sleep has been implicated as playing a significant role in tragic accidents

If we hit a couple big ones.
Do you remember

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill –

Considered to be one of the worst environmental disasters of all time, the Exxon Valdez oil spill dumped almost 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska in March of 1989.
The captain had a bit to drink and turned navigation over to his Third Mate. Unfortunately, he was barely functioning because he had slept only six hours in the previous two days. Shortly after midnight, the Exxon Valdez collided with Bligh Reef and ruptured 8 of the vessel’s 11 cargo tanks.
I am sure we have all had the late-night drive, where you may start to drift or strain to stay awake. But sometimes there is no fighting it.

The Challenger Explosion

On January 28, 1986, or maybe I am aging myself. I think I was in K or 1st but the Challenger launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Seventy-three seconds later, it exploded, killing all seven people aboard as the world watched in horror. In the aftermath, it was concluded that poor judgment due to sleep loss was a contributing factor.

The top managers had been on duty since 1:00 AM the day of the launch after having had only a couple of hours of sleep the previous night.[4] This made it all too easy for mistakes to be made. Tragically, these mistakes resulted in a fatal outcome.

Even the nuclear power plant explosion at Chernobyl was attributed to mistakes due to sleep deprivation!

Children and young adults tend to be most vulnerable to the negative effects of sleep deprivation but let’s be honest… Chronic sleep deprivation shortens our lives.

When you fail to get your required amount of sufficient sleep, you start to accumulate a sleep debt.

But what causes this build-up of sleep debt? Would one knowingly choose to become sleep deprived? Sometimes.

However, we are going to dive into some different components in this series that shed some light on things you may not even realize are keeping you up at night.

And there are things that you can implement to improve both the quantity and quality of your sleep.

How do I know if I am sleep deprived??

There are a couple big indicators..

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (but you can sometimes mask this with stimulants) or just our biological drive
Do you have to use an alarm clock in the morning
yawning
moodiness
fatigue
irritability
depressed mood
difficulty learning new concepts
forgetfulness
inability to concentrate or a “fuzzy” head
lack of motivation
clumsiness
increased appetite and carbohydrate cravings
reduced sex drive

So check in with yourself… are you getting enough sleep??

Are you cheating yourself and at what cost?

Stay tuned as we dig in more on our next episode of 5 minutes to better sleep.

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