Sleep: The Foundation of Your Superpowers

Sleep. An activity that, for many of us, is irregular and fleeting. We frequently desire it and rarely get enough. How much sleep do you get on a regular basis - 8 hours, 5 hours, less? Society tells us that we must be awake and productive all the time in order to be ‘successful’. We live in a world where if you aren’t busy, then you aren’t living what society deems to be a good life. This leads to more stress, less self esteem, and less sleep.

And at the end of it all, it’s the lack of sleep that contributes most to the downward spiral.

You see, sleep is how our body does its maintenance and repair at the end of each day. If our internal team of medics doesn’t get the time they need in order to do their work on the regular, it stands to reason that we start falling apart - literally and figuratively. Let’s look at some high-level points about this from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (link to study):

General effects

  • Unstable moods - Irritability, anxiety, depression-like symptoms

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Fatigue (Duh!) and all of the side effects like slower reaction time, forgetfulness, etc.

  • High blood pressure

  • Obesity and/or diabetes

You may not be surprised by that short list above (or the longer list in the study), but that doesn’t mean those items are irrelevant. Quite t