I can tell you how to add 18,250 more hours to your life. 18,250 hours equals 760 days or 2 years and 1 month.
You can extend your life by two years without any change in diet or exercise. There is no pill to buy. No herb to swallow. No lotion to apply.
By adding two years to your life, you’ll be able to accomplish more adventures and influence more people.
Where do you find these 18,250 hours? Wake up an hour earlier for 50 years.
Sleep is a personal thing. Everyone’s sleep patterns are different. Some of us require more sleep than others. Our mothers told us we need at least 8 hours of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says adults need 7-9 hours of sleep. If you sleep 9 hours every day, you’ll spend more than one third of your life asleep.
Studies have shown that sleeping too little can be detrimental to your health. I think we know that. But did you know that some research shows that sleeping too much can be unhealthy too?
Obviously, the key question is how much sleep is too much or too little?
Researchers Shawn Youngstedt and Daniel Kripke reviewed two surveys of more than 1 million adults conducted by the American Cancer Society and found that the group of people who slept seven hours had less mortality after six years than those sleeping both more and less. The group of people who slept shorter amounts and those who slept longer than eight hours had an average mortality risk that was greater, but the risk was higher for longer sleepers. Youngstedt and Kripke argue that for those who would normally sleep longer than eight hours, restricting their sleep may actually be healthier for them, just as eating less than one’s appetite may be healthier in a more sendentary society. (From “How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?“)
Personally, my body requires 6-7 hours of sleep each night. I do not have a bedtime. I go to bed when I’m sleepy. Usually, this is around midnight. I do set the alarm every day except Saturday. I’ve found that if I wake up at about the same time every morning that my body will tell me when to go to sleep at night. (Studies also show that it’s not good to lay in bed trying to go to sleep. It’s best to lay down and go to sleep almost immediately.)
Here’s what I’m suggesting. If you’re not sure how much sleep your body requires, try to find out. If you’re sleeping 9 hours per night, try 8. If you’re sleeping 8, try 7. Not only will you gain an hour each day, but you’ll also discover your body’s optimum sleep needs.
What can you do with an extra hour each day?
- You can pray.
- You can write a book.
- You can exercise.
- You can read.
- You can learn a new skill.
- You can work on your hobby.
- You can start a part-time business.
With that extra hour, please do not:
- Spend it on Facebook.
- Same goes for Pinterest.
- Watch TV.
Make good use of your extended life!
To learn more about sleep, read this article by the National Sleep Foundation.
What have you learned about your sleep habits?
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