Ever played hide and seek with sleep?
We’ll sleep when we’re dead seem to be the mantra of our over-connected, uber-fast-paced culture. And it doesn’t take much prodding to get us to brag about how little sleep we need to be happy, healthy and successful.
Ryan Reynolds, heartthrob actor, husband to Blake Lively and proud father of a newborn daughter, visited the Tonight Show this week and proudly announced his daughter may be allergic to sleep. Clearly the A-lister is doing fine without his beauty sleep (for now) and is happy to trade sleep for time with his daughter. “She’s protecting us from the sleep monsters,” Reynolds to Jimmy Fallon on the show. “She’s like, ‘Oh, I gotta keep them up or the sleep monsters will get them.’”
If you’ve got sleep – or lack of it – on your mind, we’ve found some interesting (and some weird) sleep stories for you this week. They make for GREAT bedtime reading, natch.
Are you a morning procrastinator?
Do you gauge the success of a morning by how well you survived it? Is time between wakeup and arrival to the office a bit of blur? According to an article in Entrepreneur, our wake-up tasks are more significant than we know and our bad habits in the morning set a tone for how the rest of the day is going to go. Even a couple of mistakes can put a dent in productivity in the afternoon and beyond.
“Your alarm clock is not slavery, but freedom. It will set you free to take your business, your mind, and your life to places you never dreamed, faster than you ever thought possible. So stop looking at your alarm clock as the enemy and start looking at it as your closest ally.”
Or maybe you’re a bedtime procrastinator?
“If you spend all day putting off work to play on Twitter, it makes sense that you’d put off sleep for just one more episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, too,” says Nymag.com. “In an online survey of 177 people, researchers in the Netherlands found that people who answered ‘yes’ to questions like ‘I easily get distracted by things when I actually would like to go to bed’ or ‘I want to go to bed on time but I just don’t’ were also more likely to report getting insufficient sleep.” These bedtime procrastinators admitted they also tended to procrastinate in other areas of their lives, as well. Shocking, right?
Or maybe you’ve exchanged sleep for your phone…
According to MailOnline.co, we’re spending 8 hours 41 minutes staring at screens, which is 20 minutes more than the average night’s sleep. And we’re setting a spectacularly stupid example for our kids. “A recent focus group of almost 500 students aged 13-15 showed cause for concern as an alarming number complained of sleep problems and feeling exhausted. Of those who complained, almost 80% were using electronic devices in bed.”
In other news, students in Evanston, Illinois protested this week by carrying pillows and mattresses. No further comments.
Or maybe you just need some sprayable sleep…
A new company, Sprayable.com, has developed a spray-on sleep-aid that claims to help you drift off easier. Spray it on your skin like you would cologne and presto, the melatonin it delivers will get you on your way to dreamland. Or so they say…
We don’t know about you, but spraying on your sleep kind of takes the magic out of sinking into a plush, comfy sleep sanctuary piled high with pillows and blankets.
At Restonic, we’re seriously passionate about helping you get a good night’s sleep. If you’re eager to learn more about the art and science of healthy sleep, check out these recent posts:
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