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Why We’re Still So Tired All The Time Even If We Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest, most insidious ways to kill an already-functioning, healthy human body. Sleep deprivation is a direct attack on the body’s ability to build healthy cell membranes, clear waste products, detoxify internally and fight disease. It’s a slow, insidious genocide that takes away the most important resource the human body has, and that will eventually kill those with no immunity because you can’t build your own immunity when you aren’t getting enough rest.

Most of us sleep four to eight hours each night, but too often we don’t do enough to put some of that deep, restorative sleep into our bodies. Sleep deprivation is a major public health crisis, contributing to the epidemic of obesity, diabetes, depression, and other chronic ailments. Not getting enough sleep has become a serious mental disability for many people, and most suffer in silence because they think it’s too embarrassing to talk about it or because they feel so ashamed and self-conscious it is impossible to talk about it.

The other thing that people don’t know is that there is no such thing as a normal amount of sleep. I’ve heard horror stories about sleep-deprived people who have been known to miss half of their sleep and can’t go over four hours! This phenomenon is caused by the body not waking up enough in the night so it can rest. There are people on the whole planet who can only go until bedtime, sleep 12 to 14 hours, and stay up for 24 hours and only ever sleep seven hours a night! A normal amount of sleep is anywhere from 12 to 15 hours each night.

What You Don’t Need to Sleep

But don’t just think of this as a physical illness. The mind also needs a restful night’s sleep as well. I recommend not going past 1 a.m. and if you can’t go to sleep, try to go to sleep by 10. The night is your most natural time for your brain to come back from sleep, and the time you’ll be more likely to remember the event if it happened than if it happened at noon. This isn’t something to take yourself lightly though. You’ll find yourself wondering if it’s really 9 p.m. when you check your phone anyway!

What You REALLY Need

Even a small amount of sleep will allow your body to start repairing itself, both physically and mentally. It is amazing how much physical damage can be done in a couple of hours of too little sleep. Many of your muscles have grown stronger since your last workout, and all your tissues have been rejuvenated by not spending the night recovering at the end of the day. Even the most basic of bodily functions require a little bit of sleep, as the body’s need to repair itself takes at least seven to eight hours.

A healthy body also requires the time and space to heal, regenerate and restore itself. There’s no way to grow a new liver. We’re only made of 90% water. When we exercise, we don’t rebuild our muscles, bones, and tendons; we simply shed bits and pieces of muscle and tendons, and that’s what happens to your liver and kidneys when you stop exercise. It’s all about how much and how long to sleep.

So, whether you sleep for eight hours or for 16 hours, just do yourself a favor and take a little bit of sleep before you do the dishes. It’s that easy.