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Want to boost productivity, sleep, lose weight and have better sex? The problem may not be with how you’re working, exercising or making love — it may simply be that you’re doing them at the wrong time.
When is more sleep a bad thing?
It has long been thought that the amount of time spent in different stages of sleep was responsible for how well people were able to remember things.
But a new study done by researchers at the University of California and University of Padua shows that we may have been missing something.
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?
Designing a beautiful bedroom is one thing. Designing one that’s conducive to a good night’s sleep is another. That’s where Dr. Helene Emsellem—medical director of the Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders in Chevy Chase and a 30-year sleep-medicine veteran—comes in. Here’s a conversation with her.