Night is a special time. A time to recharge (not just) your (phone) batteries. A time to reflect on the day that has gone by. And a time to let go of the past and get ready for the future. If you have read this post before, here’s wishing you a good night’s sleep. If you haven’t or if you wish to remind yourself of what’s important, read on. And then read no more, until it’s dawn. 24 hours every day, that is what we get, and sometimes 24 hours seem woefully inadequate. Borrowing a few hours of time from your sleep time feels like the right thing to do, the smart thing to do. Until it doesn’t. Bad sleep habits become life-long bad habits. Here are some of the things that you should do: If it’s bed time already, do not read this post, go sleep. If it’s bed time and you do read this post, do not read or listen to or watch anything after this post. Lock your phone and close your eyes. Don’t steal time from sleep. If you think you can make do with less sleep, you might be wrong.
Considering the fact that sleep is how we spend nearly a third of our time, it better be used effectively. If the average person lives to 75 years old, they spend 25 years of their life on Earth asleep. That might sound like a ton of time but getting the right amount of sleep can extend your life by decades, so it might just be worth it. Your quality of life also improves, so this is something very important to keep in mind. Some people might view that as time wasted, but it is essential time to live a happy life during those 50 waking years. However, many people try to skimp on sleep and get the least amount of sleep possible; there are some serious health problems that can accompany lack of sleep. How Much Sleep Do I Need? The amount of sleep you need changes as you age. As a newborn baby, the average person needed 14 to 17 hours of sleep. This amount decreases slowly until the child reaches school age, where they should be getting 9 to 11 hours of sleep. Teenagers should sho