The need for restful sleep is one of the few common denominators across all humans beings, but modern society often disrespects and de-prioritizes the perfect night’s sleep. Some see it as a luxury of time they can’t afford to waste, while others do not know how to optimize the practice for consistency and depth.
In either instance, the real problem is simply a failure to honor the routine as crucially important. Deep, restful sleep primes the mind, body, and spirit for optimal performance each day. To sacrifice the regenerative process is to sacrifice the rewards of regeneration. Put another way: you get exactly out of life what you put into it, even if the “putting in” is more like taking the time to “check out.”
So what exactly can top quality sleep offer besides a bit more energy the following day? A better way to think about it is, ‘what does a lack of sleep offer?’ That, my friends, is where the real problems begin.
A study published in 2018 explains: “Reduced sleep duration has been linked to 7 of the 15 leading causes of death in the U.S., including cardiovascular disease, malignant neoplasm, cerebrovascular disease, accidents, diabetes, septicemia, and hypertension.”
If increased chance of death doesn’t scare you, maybe the risk of getting fatter will. The Mayo Clinic published a new study earlier this year detailing a link between lack of rest with abdominal obesity. The study defined a restriction as 4 hours of sleep, while using 9 hours for the control group.
“With sleep restriction vs control, participants consumed more calories…increasing protein…and fat intake…Energy expenditure was unchanged…Participants gained significantly more weight when exposed to experimental sleep restriction than during control sleep…While changes in total body fat did not differ between conditions…total abdominal fat increased only during sleep restriction…with significant increases evident in both subcutaneous and visceral abdominal fat depots…”
The findings reported here should be pretty intuitive to the truly healthy among us. Most folks who prioritize their health as a matter of holistic principle already realize that sleep is not only restorative in terms of mental health, but is also an integral part of hormonal balance, metabolism regulation, and the body’s “reset” function. Everything the body can offer — including fat maintenance — stems from the health of the entire organism.
And yet, the reported worldwide average night’s sleep only lasts about 6.5 hours, according to scientific estimations. So what’s the solution for the sleep-deprived among us to sleep longer and feel better? Learning how to hack the perfect night’s rest, of course.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll cover a wide range of topics and products that could help you engineer the perfect night’s sleep. Be sure to tune in, you won’t want to miss it.