I love to sleep. And with the regimented, unnatural insistence of our culture that we must get up at 6am and immediately work nine hours (eight hours plus lunch) and then go to bed at 11pm ---and no earlier--is not enough sleep for me (or most).
Six to ten hours was the medical message after a major sleep study in the 70’s. Authors and wellness types landed on the number '8' as a quick shorthand when talking about sleep requirements.
Sleep deficits can also be made up for later.
The initial report that this isn't possible has since been disproved many times. Simply notice your own attempt to catch up on your sleep on the weekends, or via naps, proves this false proclamation that continues to be accepted to this day.
When people sleep for more than eight hours we immediately label this activity as either insanity (depression) or lazy/fat person behavior (metabolic issues). Wow. Talk about shaming someone awake! Do you really need a playmate that badly?
Our culture shames people who attempt to care for themselves by catching up on sleep during the weekend...and you WILL indeed get lots of support when you say you sleep four to six hours a night. Unfortunately, that's the stuff of early heart and lung issues and mental health concerns. Sleep is never bad for you and is actually a time of deep healing on a physical, mental, emotional and cellular level. To cut it short is a recipe for disease and dis-ease.
Corporate America doesn't give a damn about you and your needs (haven’t you noticed?). Work more hours, answer emails at night, have your phone by your bed when you are asleep. Take caffeine (or something worse) and make each other guilty when you attempt to rest. Our Corporate America's goal? That you become a thingthat is providing output for them for as many hours as possible.
I went to bed at 9pm last night (Friday) and woke up at 2pm this afternoon (Saturday). And I feel great right now. I needed to do this to catch up from my full time job that requires a lot from me. This job mandates that I wake up at a time that is not natural for me (7am).
I am now restored. I am neither lazy nor sad.
So please get off of the backs of your spouses, friends, roommates, coworkers, etc. Let people sleep! Take a cue from our beloved pets (who are ALWAYS happy and energetic): SLEEP.
Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s an article that shares all sorts of famous people you know who love to sleep.Penelope Cruz reports sleeping 12 hours a night. I would love to have that much sleep each and every day:
ARTICLE ON CELEBS WHO LOVE THEIR SLEEP.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” ~Irish Proverb
"Forget exercise. For a long life---sleep." ~Dr. Z. Chong, Chinese Medical Professional