You can sleep when you’re dead.”
“There is no rest for the weary.”
In today’s society sleep is totally underrated. In fact, sleep deprivation is almost worn as a badge of honour. I hear people bragging about how they pulled an all-nighter or get away with sleeping 4 hours a night all the time. I used to be one of them.
But the truth is, in order for you to perform to the best of your ability you need to get deep, restorative rest every single night. The average person needs between 7-8 hours of rest each night, and the mountain of studies proving this fact is undeniable.
If you get consistently good night sleep, you will have the mental, physical and emotional energy to deal with the challenges that we face on a daily basis in our modern world. I don’t know about you guys, but I become a cranky biatch if I don’t get my beauty sleep. Oh and I start getting really clumsy, forget things and omggg those food cravings are real (but more on the science behind that later)!
Because of this, I personally have made sleep a top priority in my life and have tried almost every trick in the book to hack my sleep. I have to admit, I’m already a really good sleeper (only once I hit about 15 years old, before that I used to sleep horribly) and almost never have issues sleeping well, but quantity has definitely been an issue in the past.
One non-negotiable for me is my 7-8 hours of sleep. Now, I’m only human, and quite often I don’t hit that exact number (as you’ll see in the screen shots below), but I do make a conscious effort – I will skip social engagements in favour of sleep and I will drop everything and everyone past 10:30pm because I know I will regret it the next morning if I don’t.
But the thing is this – sleep is a question of quantity just as much as it is of quality. Just because you’re in snooze mode for 8 hours, doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting the restorative sleep that your body requires to function at it’s optimum level.
I recently heard someone say that you should start thinking about your sleep from the moment you wake up, and I couldn’t agree more! So let’s have a look at how you can bio hack your sleep!