Sleeplessness is not pretty. And I’m not just talking about under-eye circles, blotchy skin and deepened wrinkles.
It can also affect our mind, health, sports performance, mood, and even our weight!
I chanced upon Arianna Huffington, a nationally-syndicated columnist and author, talk about the power of a good night’s sleep in this 4-minute TED Talks video “How to succeed? Sleep more.”
I studied, I met with medical doctors and scientists, and I’m here to tell you that the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.
If you can’t get the video above, click HERE.
Here is a partial list of the Benefits of Sleeping:
- improve memory
- live longer
- curb inflammation
- spur creativity
- improve sports performance
- improve school performance
- sharpen attention
- have a healthy weight
- lower stress
- avoid accidents
- steer clear of depression
Plus the beautifying effects:
- a brighter complexion
- firmer skin
- fewer wrinkles
Getting enough sleep is easier said than done. There’s that common conviction that sleeplessness is a sign of industry. But to that I say, “Isn’t our work better when we don’t fall asleep at the wheel?” Also, work, family, social obligations, and many other things make it difficult for us to getting enough sleep. For me, it’s my late afternoon coffee and my wicked ipad habit at bedtime.
But being reminded of sleep’s profound benefits inspire me. I’m ready to take the challenge.
For the whole month of September, I will try my BEST to sleep at 10 PM so that by the time I have to get up by 5:30 AM, I would have slept 7-1/2 hours. (The recommendation is for adults to get 7-1/2 to 9 hours of sleep.)
I’m going to study and write about this quest 2-3x a week. I look forward to learning a lot.
C’mon friends, join me.
Let’s see if enough sleep can really make us prettier, healthier, slimmer, and more energetic.
Okay, I have to go now. Although the challenge starts tomorrow, I’m going to try it now. Good night. Sweet dreams.
Follow this challenge:
- Day 4: Dear bedtime, I have a confession
- Day 6: I have to sleep on this
- Day 26: 5 Benefits of sleeping late
- Day 30: Why I became a Benjamin Franklin fan
- Conclusions: 5 Benefits of rising early
- How to become an early riser
In January 2010, Arianna Huffington and Cindi Leive of Glamour took the sleep challenge. Read about it here.