Want To Sleep Better? Stop Worrying About It!
On average, you sleep 7 hours and 50 minutes per night. Considering that life expectancy for countries in the Western world is about 80 years — you’ll spend 26.6 years of your life asleep.
That’s almost 1/3 of your time on this planet. And yet, we feel tired so often. Just look at the person sitting next to you at the office, on the couch, or at Starbucks.
It’s also not a wonder we’re tired. We fill our lives with activities, work, and pleasure. Things that make us feel alive.
However, we need energy to make it through our days without being grumpy or not feeling down. Yes, caffeine will help you energize when you’re tired, but the energy boost doesn’t last long.
Our largest source of energy comes from sleep — we depend on it. That’s why we’re obsessed with “sleep hacks” and listicles that promise us to sleep like a third grader that has nothing to worry about. Who doesn’t want that?
Researching Sleep Hacks
For the past 12 months, I’ve tested and researched a dozen methods that promise better sleep.
Every day, I write down what time I went to sleep and woke up. I also rate my energy level during the day on a 1-10 scale. Previously, my energy levels were inconsistent. One day my energy level felt like an 8, the next day it would drop to a 4.
I asked myself, “How can I become an 8 every single day?” I’d rather be an 8 every single day than to be a 5 one day, and a 10 the other — consistency is key.
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