Are you getting enough sleep?

How many of you feel that you get enough sleep during the night? I broke all the rules when I was younger in my career and had very unhealthy habits both in how I slept and worked. I admit that.

I want to give you an idea of my habits for a long time. I got up at 07:00 AM, drove to the office, and worked as a CEO for a software company until 05.00 PM. I took a break in Starbucks for 30 minutes and then returned to the office as a Ph.D. student. Reseach and write until 01.00 AM, then drive home for 30 minutes. Cooling down for 30 minutes to watch Larry King show to get my mind off the research. Then, I slept from 02.00 AM to 07.00 AM. It does not sound healthy, right?

I also paid a heavy penalty for doing that, and I believe sleep deprivation was one of the causes. I was one of those "if I get 6 hours sleep a night, I am golden." What a stupid way of thinking. I wish I had a better understanding of the impact on your body if you don't get enough sleep.

I wanted to share a book where a well-known media person, Arianna Huffington, shares in her book "The Sleep Revolution:Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time". It is not a new book (2016), but the findings are well worth checking out the book as she talks about her own experiences of not getting enough sleep.

According to her studies, over 30 % of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep each night. In many industries (consulting, investment banking, etc.), a lack of sleep is even considered cool and productive. Crazy.

Arinna provides three lessons in her book:

­čÄ»Lesson 1: Your sleep deprivation has probably started in your childhood already.

­čÄ»Lesson 2: If you have a partner, sleep next to them!

­čÄ»Lesson 3: Wind down with electronics and avoid reading from mobile phones or tablets before getting to or in bed. It has to do with suppressing the production of melatonin.

It does not matter which book you choose to read and what kind of impact sleep has on you, but I think you need to pick one that makes you realize how important it is to get enough sleep. Another maybe more scientific book about sleep is the book "Why we sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams" by Matthew Walker, PhD.

The question you might now have. Am I getting enough sleep nowadays? I am. My objective is to get 7 to 7.5 hours of good sleep, get to bed at the same time, and get up at the same time. I have lots of energy, the world is much brigther when you have had a good night of sleep. If you have yet to try this, you should. I highly recommend it.

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Dr. Petri I. Salonen

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