We really underestimate how exposure to certain types of light may impact our sleep, mood and overall health. We, after all, already have so much on our plates and so much to think about. Now we have to think about light, seriously? You may think light is light, but there is so much more to it than that.
Aside from making us feel good, I cannot say enough how crucial sleep is to our overall health and wellbeing. To give you a bit more perspective, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared sleep deprivation as a health crisis.
A recent study conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found evidence which suggested that in older adults, insomnia may increase the risk of having difficulty overcoming depressive symptoms.
There is a large body of evidence which suggests that sleep deprivation and a lack of quality sleep may contribute to a slew of health issues, including impaired immune function. And we need to be as healthy as possible in order to win the battle against COVID-19.
Millions of Americans are not getting enough sleep. Sometimes this is by choice. Some may be workaholics and choose nighttime for working even though they should be sleeping!
Actress and wellness guru, Gwyneth Paltrow, said she takes a bath every night. “I fell in love with the ritual of it—lighting a candle and having a cup of tea or a whiskey, depending on my day,” she said, in this report. “It’s non-negotiable. It’s just like, I do it every night.”
Any parent of a baby or toddler would likely agree that nap time is key for preventing a cranky, moody child. My son is in his twenties now, but, of course, I can certainly remember those times when he was younger and I could just look at him and know he needed a nap. Stat!
A recent report emphasizes the health issues associated with not getting enough sleep. One of these issues, which I particularly find concerning, is diabetes. A lack of sleep can have an impact on your insulin (which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood) levels.
A little boy by the name of Joshua Trump recently made headlines after he was caught sound asleep at President Trump’s SOTU address. Luckily for Joshua, he’s a child. So people laughed and thought it was adorable. As a child, you can get away with sleeping anywhere, any time!
Women need more sleep than men. We apparently need about 30 more minutes. And there is credible research to suggest that the reason we need more sleep is because we usually multi-task and use more of our “actual brain than men leading to a greater need for sleep. Essentially, the more you use your brain during the day, the more it needs to rest while asleep,” reports the National Sleep Foundation.
Notorious figures such as Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and Napoleon Bonaparte have more in common than their immoral and unethical behavior. History shows that they all were sleep deprived.
Contrary to what you may have heard, the amount of sleep you need as you get older doesn’t decrease. Boomers need about as much sleep – between seven and nine hours – as younger adults.
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