I’ve been trying for quite sometime to be better with my sleep habits – I’ve read a lot about the importance of sleep – it’s interesting that so many people choose to neglect or disregard its importance. There is a laundry list of mental and physical benefits of getting enough quality sleep – as well as some considerable downsides of not – many of them quite surprising and rather substantial.
This short talk by scientist Matt Walker has some compelling reasons why you should pay attention to the quality and amount of sleep you get.
His advice is relatively short and sweet and would seem rather simple until you consider the way most of us live our lives today:
“Go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, no matter whether it’s the weekday or the weekend,” and “aim for a bedroom temperature of around 65 degrees, or about 18 degrees Celsius.”
I’ve almost got the first part almost nailed, but the temperature thing is hard when we don’t have central air-conditioning and our summers can get pretty hot and humid.