Find Time for Sleep – It’s SO Important!

CB101745Finding time to get enough sleep is among the greatest challenges that many people face in this busy world of ours.  How many are chronically short on sleep?  Are you?

The other day I heard a story on Fresh Air – Terry Gross interviewed Po Bronson about the book NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children that he co-authored with Ashley Merryman.

Toward the end of the interview, Mr. Bronson shared some thoughts about the sleep needs of children, noting that children today are sleeping about an hour less than they did 30 years ago – a change that has a debilitating impact on young people’s performance in all areas.

What particularly caught my attention about this was the impact of losing or gaining a small increment of restorative rest.

Small amounts count

You know how we talk about the big difference that 5, 10, 15 minutes of exercise can make?  Well, the same goes for sleep, especially with young people.  Here is Mr. Bronson:

You know, the surprise, Terry, is not that sleep matters, it’s how much it matters and how little bits of difference can even – can matter as well. You know, Karscadan’s(ph) data out of Rhode Island and Walstrom’s data out of Minnesota shows that – I’ll broadly characterize it here – that A students average 15 more minutes sleep than B students, who average 15 more minutes sleep than C students, and so on. Every 15 minutes can count.

Another study

In another study Dr. Avi Sadeh of Tel Aviv University had sixth graders and fourth graders get a little more or less rest than they usually get, for three nights. He then gave them intelligence tests. The sleepy sixth graders were testing out like the fourth graders.  So a loss of even three nights of sleep for a half hour each night was quite significant.

Interested in more on this topic?  Take a look at the website of the National Sleep Foundation.  Here’s just one more tidbit – from their section on Myths and Facts About Sleep:

Myth: Men and women are affected the same way by insomnia.

Fact: Insomnia is nearly twice as common in women than in men, and women are more likely than men to report insomnia to their healthcare professional. A woman’s sleep is uniquely influenced by menstrual cycle, biological life stage, stress level, health, mood, parental status, work hours and other life responsibilities.

So find time for sleep.  For yourself, for your kids – for energy, productivity, and health!  And please drop me a line – I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions!

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