It is not news that good sleep is one of the main elements of successful, healthy life, and why?
According to About.com:
1. Keeps Your Heart Healthy
2. May Prevent Cancer
3. Reduces Stress
4. Reduces Inflammation
5. Makes You More Alert
6. Bolsters Your Memory
7. May Help You Lose Weight
8. Naps Make You Smarter
9. May Reduce Your Risk for Depression
10. Helps the Body Make Repairs
Well, it is a quite impressive list in order to motivate yourself sleep better.
According to the Sleep Council there are some strategies for successful sleep. Seems that switching the alarm off before you go to sleep, is one of the first strategies. In addition to it Unplug phones, radios or televisions also help, close the curtains, and make sure you are sleeping on a good and BIG bed in order not to be disturbed by your partner, and in case of having young children make sure you do not disturb their sleep.
While looking through some other details on this issue, I came across to a very good research results by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research that was covered on The New York Times. It appears that people recover much more quickly from a week of poor sleep if they proceed by a “banking” week. During “banking” week sleep hours should be 10 hours. So we should sleep beforehand, not afterward. And why? Unfortunately, “recovery” sleep does not fully reverse declines in performance.
The research results always lead us to logical outcome but does the sleep schedule always depend on us? Actually, No
As listed on Your Personal Development Guide, the reasons we have bad sleep are: Worry, living with your work, jealousy, envy, guilty conscience, laziness, hatred, planning ahead, creating, fear of death, and I would add recession. Before reading the research results “NOW IT’S THE SEX CRUNCH!” I meant economy declines. Seems that stress, unhappiness and money worries has dramatically hit sexual lives, too.
According to a survey by The Sleep Council for National Bed Month (March), over a quarter (28%) of those questioned said they now have less sex than this time last year: among 25 to 45-year-olds the figure rises to a third (34% for 35 - 44-year-olds). Despite more than four in 10 (41%) saying they went out less often than this time last year, it’s the telly not tempestuous sex lives that’s winning out.
The 47% respondents admitted that the reasons of this result are stress and ‘not being happy in themselves’. A further 6% blamed arguments over money worries for the bedroom blight.
The same research says that 85% spend a typical night in watching telly, 59% spend time with their partner, 41% read, 31% have a cuddle and just 21% have sex. That’s only marginally more than the 18% who end up doing housework.
It is worth mentioning that Women (25%) find reasons in ‘not being happy in myself’ more than men (19%).
But the general picture is as follows, men and women both agreed that times of adversity bring people closer together.