A hundred years ago, we slept almost a full two hours longer on average than we do today. The average American only gets 6 and a half hours of sleep each night, which is outside of the optimal 7-9 hour range for an adult between the ages of 26 and 64. For every hour outside of the optimal sleep window, the risk of heart disease goes up five-fold, inflammation within our bodies increases and our hormone production is impacted.
Ex5 Podcast Episode 5: Healthcare
Evidence is beginning to suggest that we should revisit how we think about sleep. The “American way” is to go-go-go until we crash at the end of the night. That leads to problems getting to sleep, poor quality of sleep and sleep outside of the optimal amounts. When we wake up in the morning, we are overwhelmed because we never got any real mental or physical rest.
Shifting our focus to unwinding in preparation for sleep each night and starting to”rest” before our head hits the pillow could have significant impacts on our health. That’s not to say every mental or physical health issue can be resolved by sleeping better, but we know sleep is a vital component to keeping our bodies and minds in balance and that sub-optimal sleep is bad for our health.