Sleep Awareness Week: Quite Possibly What We All Needed

As I sit here wondering if I was the only one who didn’t know that there was a National Sleep Awareness Week (March 6-13), I consider the possibility that this is just exactly what the doctor ordered for a whole bunch of us, myself included.

If you watch The Bachelor this season, you’ve likely been tuned into all sorts of jokes about Corinne and her naps, but the truth is, we could all take a lesson from her on AT LEAST that. Studies have shown that nearly a third of Americans are considered sleep deprived. Meanwhile, many of us wear it as a badge of honor. We have college students pulling all-nighters to finish that paper or study for an exam. We have people up watching Netflix or out on the town at all hours of the night, and for some reason, we want people to know it and flaunt it like it is something we should be particularly proud of.

It has even gotten to the point where Ariana Huffington – that’s right, a big-time media executive with a corporation to run – has written a book on the value of sleep and avoiding burnout. The fact is, we need sleep to store precious memories, heal and restore our bodies after the trauma we put it through each day and anyone who has gone to work or school after a night without sleep knows just how detrimental it can be. It’s not a good thing physically, emotionally or mentally, and is a one way ticket to falling asleep behind the wheel or at the very least, a suppressed immune system.

In the name of health and productivity, check out this article from Fast Company with Huffington’s insights on what she calls the “Sleep Revolution,” her keys to a better night’s sleep and why that rest is important: