The human circadian cycle by default is work at day and sleep at night but thanks and no thanks to the hyper-active world of the 21st century, humans can’t keep up with the cycle. The 21st century human which is at best 49% human and 51% machine can’t keep up with that schedule; not to talk about the worst being at 1% human and 99% machine. It’s no gain saying machines were made to outsmart human, after all, we are no better without them.
It’s no news that sleep loss have a significant impact on our health. Researchers have found out that its implications in the nearest future can be quite alarming but there is this expectation in today’s world to fit more into our lives. The advent of electricity has in no way helped but conspired against us as the presence of light triggers the hormones that keep us awake, thus trading precious sleep time for our activities. But in doing so, do we remain optimum efficient?
Sleep deprivation has been associated with an increased risk for industrial accidents, motor vehicle accidents, medical errors, reduced productivity, impaired problem-solving skills, and increased stress. All of which have an immediate impact on our lives. However, in recent years, researchers have discovered that what we do to our minds and bodies when we hold back on sleep doesn’t just impact us in the here and now, the consequences are far-reaching, and in some cases, deadly.
Nonetheless, the good news is that for many of us the amount of sleep we get is a choice we make. We have just one more thing that we want to take care of before we hit the bed, or we quickly want to check out our social space or respond to a chat, one more something or the other.
One more hour of sleep can take you a long way from keeping you active at work to making you feel and looking younger. It can also help keep your brain neurons alive and thriving, keep you healthy, keep your weight down and optimistically add years to your life. Hopefully, for our future selves, the impulsive mentality of “just one more” would be replaced by an healthier mantra of “get enough sleep”.