Why Sleep Is the Most Underrated Tool for Good Health, Longevity, and Productivity

It’s a non-negotiable necessity, not a luxury.

Laura Izquierdo
Oct 11 · 10 min read
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“Men who sleep five hours a night have significantly smaller testicles than men who sleep eight hours or more”

Alarmingly, 40% of Americans are only getting six hours or less of sleep per night.

Impact on Memory & Learning

Before Sleep

After Sleep

Medical Implications

Social Implications

The school changed its start time from 7:25 am to 8:30 am and saw a 212-point increase in the average SAT scores of their top-performing students.

Impact on Emotional & Mental Health

It turns out that the Amygdala, the part of our brain that controls emotions, is 60% more reactive when we’re sleep-deprived.

Impact on Health & Immune System

What’s more alarming perhaps is that cancer in those mice that were sleep-deprived had metastasized; they had invaded other vital organs.

Tips for catching better Zs

1) Be consistent

2) Reduce your exposure to light

3) Keep the room cool

4) Avoid alcohol and caffeine

5) Don’t stay in bed awake

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Laura Izquierdo

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Freelance Writer — I share stories designed to empower you to live a life well lived — Get in touch at lauwri.com

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Freelance Writer — I share stories designed to empower you to live a life well lived — Get in touch at lauwri.com

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