Sleep.  Oh boy do I need sleep.

When you do what I do for a living sleep can be at a premium.  I get up at 4:15 am to be on the radio with you and I love what I do, but sleep can be a problem.

This past year has been rough for sleep.  Some medical issues mixed with insomnia and YAWN I need more sleep.

There was even one morning this summer where I knew something was wrong.  I came to the station and could not function.   I was a walking Zombie, I could not concentrate and decided that I needed to go home.  I called my wife to come get me knowing it would be very dangerous for me to drive even the short distance to my home.

The next 24 hours were spent in bed and I slept for almost 21 hours.

My doctors ordered a sleep test which I failed (I was always bad at test) so now I sleep with a CPAP machine.  I am still not used to it but I am trying and hopefully I will be able to report improved sleep soon.

A story came out quoting the new study, sleeping too much is just as bad as sleeping too little.

The researchers found that people who slept for four or five hours a night would perform on tests like their brains were nine years older.  BUT . . . they saw the same effect on people who slept for over 10 hours a night too.

The biggest abilities you lose when you sleep too much or too little are you’re reasoning and verbal skills.

So it’s probably best not to get into a serious argument or negotiation when you’re super tired . . . or super well-rested.

In an article from the Sleep foundation here are some sleep fact

Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make those eight or so hours between the sheets a priority. For many of us with sleep debt’ve forgotten what “being really, truly rested” feels like.

How much sleep do we need?

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

 To pave the way for better sleep, follow these simple yet effective sleep including:

Stick to a sleep schedule

Get a bedtime ritual

Exercise every day

Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow

Turn off electronics before bed

Most importantly, make sleep a priority. You must schedule sleep like any other daily activity, so put it on your “to-do list” and cross it off every night. But don’t make it the thing you do only after everything else is done – stop doing other things so you get the sleep you need.

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