An Extra Hour of Sleep Is Better Than A $60k Raise

I wrote last week that we should be starting work at 10 a.m. or later, to get enough sleep, and?with a quick search you’ll find numerous other studies looking at the costs and benefits of sleep. There’s no need for a scientist to tell us that a lack of it leaves us feeling rather shot, out of energy and mentally lethargic; but they have told us that it’s bad for your health, and prolonged sleep loss can go so far as death.

It a nice twist, an article on Huffington Post is claiming that while sleep loss is bad, proper sleep is good. Like, really good. So good in fact that it boosts happiness more than what a $60,000 raise would. That’s absurd, for starters that amount of money is more valuable to some than others, but it does paint a nice picture of the value of a good nights sleep.

Few things can make you feel better than a good night’s sleep. And few things have as powerful an influence on our lives and health. Sleep restores and recharges us, keeps us healthy, and can even affect medical conditions such as diabetes and weight gain.

It couldn’t be easier to take back control of our lives, to redirect them with research and insight, and to help us thrive at whatever age and in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, for example: the stresses of work, exams, looking after small children or ageing parents, or simply those who love to live life to the full with a ‘work hard, play harder’ attitude!

We’re all aware of those circumstances that drag our sleepless minds around, forever struggling with the details of the day or the uncertainty of the future, whereas the tired person in the present moment is forgotten about. We also all know that we should be attempting to do the opposite, to put down the flurry of past and future thoughts and to let ourselves drift off to dream. Check out the full post for some tips on how to do just that.


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About Sam Brinson Sam is a writer living in Uruguay. Sam follows the latest in aging break throughs.