Why Sleep Is Better Than Sex
Tough call… I know.
But hear me out.
I’ve been reading ‘Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker and it’s opened my eyes to how powerful sleep really is.
I knew it was important already but some of the stuff he talks about is blowing my mind.
Insufficient sleep is a key lifestyle factor determining whether or not you’ll develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Routinely sleeping less than seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of developing cancer.
Inadequate sleep - even moderate reductions for just one week - disrupts blood sugar levels so profoundly that you would be classified as pre-diabetic.
Those are insane stats!
And he’s got a ridiculous amount of research to back it up.
He then widens the lens of focus a bit…
There are more than twenty large-scale epidemiological studies that have tracked millions of people over many decades, all of which report the same clear relationship:
The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life.
The leading causes of disease in developed nations - diseases that are crippling health-care systems such as heart disease, obesity, dementia, diabetes and cancer - all have recognised causal links to lack of sleep.
You can bet I’ll be taking my sleep even more seriously from now on.
Another thing I found troubling is that car accidents, caused by drowsy driving, exceed those caused by alcohol and drugs combined.
Taking that a step further… a week of sleeping under 5 hours a night induces impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.1%. It’s the same as being drunk.
You can’t hope to bring your best to work, family, relationships and life if you’re walking around drunk 24/7.
I mean sex is great, and don’t leave it out, but it doesn’t have nearly the same effect that sleep does on your health!
If you get the chance to read this book, I highly recommend it.
It can be a bit research-heavy but understanding something we do for 30% of our lives is a worthy investment.