My postman did it again this morning.
I’m suspicious of him, frankly.
“Parcel for Grant”,
…signed with the little pen thing (which ends up looking nothing like my signature)
and then he off he goes with one of his ‘Obama mic drop’ style truth bombs.
This morning’s nugget was:
“You’re looking very fresh for the time of day, blondie”.
ME: “Haha, why thank you” (It’s OK, I’ve known him years, he’s lovely)
“Most people I see in the morning, look ready to go straight back to bed!
Keep up the good work. 8 hours sleep without fail is my secret to a happy life
I tell all of them”
(See what I mean?)
He’s TOO wise.
Makes me suspicious…
He is easily well over retirement age; is unfathomably cheerily – yomping along in all weathers – singing along with his headphones in.
I think he might be an undercover guru or something – he’d definitely be a YouTube sensation!
We’ve written at length about all the physical benefits of great regular sleep; getting to a healthy shape, losing excess weight, improved immune system even improved heart health, balanced hormones – the list is LONG.
But it’s what’s going on in your mind that we want to talk about today.
Getting more sleep will make you happier.
We didn’t want to get THIS heavy, THIS soon into the happiness series – but here are some facts.
- Research carried out at SUNY (State University of NY) showed that people who slept less were MUCH more likely to experience repetitive negative thoughts. Repetitive negative thoughts are both a cause and a symptom of depression.
- People who suffer from insomnia are 5 times more likely to suffer from depression.
- People who get less than 6 hours of quality sleep are TWENTY times more likely to suffer from anxiety disorders
- Longitudinal Research by The Sleep Society with children showed that 81% of children with sleep difficulties attained lower grades at all ages compared to their well-slept counterparts
- Lack of sleep severely affects libido in both genders. Lack of libido is cited as the 3rd biggest cause of relationship breakdown. It’s not the only cause, obviously – but it’s the one that is the simplest to fix.
We could go on.
The research is unquestionable.
Thems the facts
The New Year is when people traditionally put changes into action.
Around the third week in January is statistically when a lot of those changes unravel.
Between now and Christmas, we want you just to start thinking, questioning, analysing and taking stock of where you are
Once you know where you are – you can make the RIGHT choices that take you to where you want to be.
No third week in January unraveling this year!
Let’s get things sorted properly.
This week, we want to set you the task of simply noticing your sleep patterns.
How do you feel at night?
Do you fight bedtime?
How do you feel in the morning?
Do you need more?
Do you wake up rested?
Jot down what you find in as much detail as you can – it’s often not what you thought.
If things aren’t how you want them – we’ve got lots of things on the way to sort that out…
You postman might even give you lovely morning compliments, too.
Tanya & Claire x
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