We seem to be pacing life at mock speed these days, all of us taking part in the “busy contest”. Who’s winning? None of us, it would seem. I recently reviewed some studies on current sleep patterns and I won’t be sleeping easy thinking about this tonight!
One study touts that over the past 103 years children have reduced sleep more than 1 hour. Another study showed that in the US the amount of sleep has reduced by 102 hours over the past 40 years for young adults, hmmmm, what gives? Between checking our phones over a 100 times a day, consuming excess caffeine and immersing ourselves in life’s “busy contest” there are many contributors to this phenomenon.
One study showed an increase intake of calories from snacks when research subjects’ sleep was restricted and in another greater alcohol consumption in adults. Let’s think about this in our own lives using the example of travelling to different time zones and trying to make an adjustment in sleep. When feeling exceedingly groggy it’s not always simple to differentiate your cues and often snacking wins the vote. Also when you feel listless due to lack of sleep it’s more challenging to get that daily walk or activity that you’re used to when all you feel like doing is putting your noodle down on a fluffy pillow like Thumblina to catch up on the sleep you missed.
It is worthwhile to ponder your own sleep habits if you are burning the candle at both ends while trying to get a handle on your handles. More interesting food for thought, that’s for sure.