Wellness Pathway #116: Get To Sleep Early

Most people in the world are sleep deprived. And we brought this on ourselves, after 1879, with the advent of the electric light. Throughout most of human evolution, people fit their patterns of life and work, of activity and rest, to the natural patterns of light and dark. In northern and southern climbs, away from the equator, we slept more in the winter than in the summer. You can experience this yourself by tent camping away from electricity. Once the sun goes down, there’s not a lot to do other than to go to sleep.

Unfortunately, our bodies still require these longer periods of sleep in order stay healthy and recover from the day even though most of us can’t find the time. Human anatomy hasn’t changed much since 1879. Recent studies suggest that the earlier sleep starts the more effective it is. Wait to fall asleep too late in the night, and you shortchange the body’s repair process. An ideal scenario is to get to sleep by 10:00 PM and to wake up around 5:30 AM. If you can only afford six hours of sleep (not a good idea on a regular basis) 10:00 to 4:00 is better for you than 12:00 to 6:00. Get to sleep early tonight! You’ll be glad you did.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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