Asleep, he looked a lot younger than going-on-seventeen,
but I had noticed that Johnny looked younger
when he was asleep too,
so I figured everyone did.
Maybe people are younger when they are asleep.
―S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
(Don’t you miss the days when you could just sleep anywhere?)
Do you get enough sleep?
On average, an adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep; some need more, some less. Studies suggest that we should also get to sleep earlier rather than later, and on a regular schedule, to keep our circadian rhythms in check. (You can read my post on 15 reasons why sleep matters for more studies specific to sleep.)
Signs you’re NOT sleeping enough
- you need an alarm clock to wake you
- you have a hard time getting out of bed
- you’re not feeling refreshed when you do get up
- you feel sleepy throughout the day
- you’re constantly wishing you could nap
- you need coffee or other caffeine
- you’re irritable
- you forget little things, like where you put your keys or what you were about to say
- you can’t seem to lose weight
- you make poor food choices
- you’ve been in a car accident (or have noticed a near miss)
- you catch yourself nodding off when you don’t mean to
- you need more than 30 minutes to fall asleep OR you fall asleep the second your head hits the pillow
- you use the weekends to “catch up” on sleep.
Keep in mind, quality counts too
Depth of sleep is as important as length: true repair and restoration happens in the deeper stages of sleep. If you’re waking throughout the night for any reason, or tossing and turning, you’re probably not getting the best sleep possible.
I love my Technogel pillow with a deep burning passion
I used to wake up during the night all.the.time, mostly from limbs that had mysteriously gone numb. I attributed this to long days tap-tap-tapping on a laptop, but the deadlimb wakings have stopped since I started sleeping with Technogel. Also gone are the morning neck cricks. I sleep better. Period. (Entirely too many details can be found in my Technogel review.)
I’m going to start taking the thing with me on travels too— recent troubles staying asleep at the beach and a hotel in Pittsburgh made me realize that the pillows I used to love (thick and cushy) just don’t do it for me anymore. And I’ve come to value my sleep enough to not mess with it by cheating with cheap pillows.
We’re chatting with @Technogel tonight on Twitter at 9pm EST about the importance of sleep and how to get more of the good stuff that dreams are made of. THREE of the most active participants will win Technogel pillows of their very own, to have and to hold and to sleep on. Just search for #Technogel at chat time to join in.
Somebody is going to get to experience the sleep revolution that is a Technogel pillow! Technogel has offered one for me to give away.
Now first, I want you to do me a favor. Go like Technogel on the Facebook. It’s not a requirement for entry, but they post good stuff about sleep— studies, tips, etc— and I really think it’s important to have frequent reminders of just how vital sleep is for a healthy life. Plus, their page will keep you updated on future giveaways like this one 🙂
There’s up to 15 possible entries per person; do as many or as few as you like.
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