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“I think many people walk through their lives in an under-slept state not realizing it. It's become this new natural baseline.”
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“1. Establish a regular bedtime and wake-up time, even on weekends.
2. Go to bed only when sleepy and avoid sleeping on the couch early/mid-evenings.
3. Never lie awake in bed for a significant time period; rather, get out of bed and do something quiet and relaxing until the urge to sleep returns.
4. Avoid daytime napping if you are having difficulty sleeping at night.
5. Reduce anxiety-provoking thoughts and worries by learning to mentally decelerate before bed.
6. Remove visible clockfaces from view in the bedroom, preventing clock-watching anxiety at night.”
“A bedroom temperature of around 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3°C) is a reasonable goal for the sleep of most people, assuming standard bedding and clothing. This surprises many, as it sounds just a little too cold for comfort.”
“A meaningful, psychologically healthy life is an examined one.”
“Adults forty-five years or older who sleep fewer than six hours a night are 200 percent more likely to have a heart attack or stroke during their lifetime.”
“After all, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”
“After ten days of just seven hours of sleep, the brain is as dysfunctional as it would be after going without sleep for twenty-four hours.”
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“Based on epidemiological data, any adult sleeping an average of 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only into their early sixties.”
“Caffeine is a stimulant drug. Caffeine is also the only addictive substance that we readily give to our children and teens.”
“Caffeine is not a food supplement. Rather, caffeine is the most widely used (and abused) psychoactive stimulant in the world.”
“Certain business leaders mistakenly believe that time on-task equates with task completion and productivity. Even in the industrial era of rote factory work, this was untrue. It is a misguided fallacy, and an expensive one, too.”
“Do you tend to sleep in during the weekends? That usually signals that you're trying to sleep off a debt you've accumulated during the week.”
“Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain.”
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“Insufficient sleep robs most nations of more than 2 percent of their GDP — amounting to the entire cost of each country’s military.”
“Our children didn’t always go to school at this biologically unreasonable time. A century ago, schools in the US started at nine a.m. As a result, 95 percent of all children woke up without an alarm clock.”
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“Work is finding yourself alone at the track when the weather kept everyone else indoors. Work is pushing through the pain and crappy first drafts and prototypes. It is ignoring whatever plaudits others are getting, and more importantly, ignoring whatever plaudits you may be getting. Because there is work to be done. Work doesn’t want to be good. It is made so, despite the headwind.”
“Our lack of sleep is a slow form of self-euthanasia.”
“Perhaps you have also noticed a desire to eat more when you’re tired? This is no coincidence. Too little sleep swells concentrations of a hormone that makes you feel hungry while suppressing a companion hormone that otherwise signals food satisfaction.”
“REM-sleep dreaming offers a form of overnight therapy. That is, REM-sleep dreaming takes the painful sting out of difficult, even traumatic, emotional episodes you have experienced during the day, offering emotional resolution when you awake the next morning.”
“Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer.”
“Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day – Mother Nature's best effort yet at contra-death.”
“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.”
“The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. The leading causes of disease and death in developed nations—diseases that are crippling health-care systems, such as heart disease, obesity, dementia, diabetes, and cancer—all have recognized causal links to a lack of sleep.”
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“On a sunny afternoon, you start off. Naturally, you rise high in the air so as to avoid obstacles of trees, buildings, etc. Uncertain, you don't go too high.
You want to be able to recognize landmarks which might be difficult to see from five thousand feet. Therefore, you stay low, about a hundred feet off the ground.
Now, which way to go. You look for points of familiarity. It is at that moment you realize you have a problem. You don't have a compass course to George's house, and it wouldn't do you any good if you did.
You don't have a compass. Undaunted, you decide to cut across the city, using the familiar buildings and streets as guideposts. You have driven the route many times, so you should find your way easily.”
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