There are three primary objectives that humans require for survival.
Humans spend 1/3 of their life, roughly 20+ years horizontally in bed. During this time, we can’t forage or hunt for food, we can’t protect ourselves from would-be attackers and we certainly are unable to search for a mate to produce offspring. If sleep weren’t vitally important for our survival, we would not risk being unprotected for so many hours every single night.
This is not exclusive to humans, every living organism from mammals to insects and from fish to birds sleep every night. (Excluding college students during some point in their career).
So what do we know about sleep that is so vital to our health and performance?
It is absolutely imperative that we spend at least half our sleep in the deeper stages of sleep, NREM 3 and REM Sleep.
Easy, when you wake up in the morning ask yourself this one question. Am I refreshed? If you wake (preferably without the need for an alarm), and you jump out of bed ready to tackle the day, your sleep has been restored. However, if you’ve been in bed “sleeping” for 10 hours yet feel exhausted and you have to drag yourself out of bed, your joints are achy and there are cobwebs blocking your brain from clear thoughts, your sleep has not been restorative. Chances are, your sleep was interrupted and you did not cycle through the deeper stages of sleep. You will feel lethargic, delayed cognitively, easily irritated and your performance across all aspects of life will be subpar.
I would recommend setting up a Sleep Evaluation at Elite Health Services to further investigate what is preventing you from living your best life.
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