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Go to Sleep! You need it.

10 May

Are you really getting enough sleep? Some people say they only need a few hours of sleep while others exclaim “they’ll sleep when they’re dead!” (Yikes!) As a society that focuses on working hard all day and night, we often pride ourselves on not getting enough sleep. We’ve even conditioned ourselves into thinking that we deserve bragging rights for pulling all-nighters!

So where does this basis of thinking stem from? Some researchers say childhoodand more specifically, those times we were reprimanded for acting out and sent to bed early. Think about it: our parents punished us by sending us to sleep! As a result, when we are conditioned into thinking that something is a punishment, we simply refuse to obey those constraints and immediately rebel. And the rebellion, in this case, is staying awake. The problem with this sorry scheme, however, is that we only hurt ourselves.

Daniel J. Buysse, a psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, believes that out of every 100 people who believe they only need five or six hours of sleep a night, only about five people really do.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one-third of Americans are chronically sleep deprived, receiving less than 7 hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation puts these people at a higher risk of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and other health problems.

It’s important to remember that sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health and emotional wellness. Staying awake to complete tasks can be quite a disservice to your health. So next time you feel yourself fighting the urge to sleep, stop rebelling and surrender yourself to the bliss and benefits of serene slumber.

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