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[LG&FG] – Step 5: Give your body the rest it needs

The Sunday Quote:

“From the 1950’s to the first decade of this century, average sleep duration in adults has decreased from over 8 hours to under 7 hours per night”
(Van Cauter, Knutson, Leproult, & Spiegel, 2005)

I thought I’d save the best for last.

Sleep.

It’s the 800lb gorilla in the room when it comes to looking great and feeling younger.

Nobody looks great with big black bags under their eyes and nobody feels young after a lack of sleep.

I’ve been compiling a list of harmful effects linked to a lack of sleep, here it is:

So what is enough sleep?

According to research done at Loyola University Chicago on behalf of the National Sleep Foundation:

Are you getting enough sleep every night?

Because not getting enough can have tragic consequences. Here are two examples of disasters with links to a lack of sleep:

  1. The Exxon Valdez oil spill – The National Transportation Safety Board determined that fatigue and poor rest of the crew was a direct cause of the accident (NTSB, 1998)
  2. Space Shuttle Challenger – The human factors analysis by the Presidential Commission noted: “irregular working hours and insufficient sleep” to be a potentially significant contributing factor. (Rogers Commission 1986)

Not only is it essential that you get enough sleep but it needs to be quality sleep.

Tossing and turning in bed for 8 hours, waking up every few hours, getting up to go to the toilet and so on, simply doesn’t cut it.

And sleep is also a powerful predictor of how long you’re going to live.

In the 1950’s volunteers from the American Cancer Society surveyed over a million Americans from all of the United States on their:

And other habits linked to health.

Six years later the volunteers went back to repeat the survey and found that habitual sleep time was the best connection to mortality. Over the years this survey has been repeated and refined and the original results still stand:

“Although sleep needs vary, people who sleep about 8 hours on average, tend to live longer.” – p.261 of The Promise of Sleep by William C.Dement

Now the reason I’ve shared all this research and study with you is to convince you of the importance of getting enough quality sleep if you want to look great and feel younger.

Because it’s impossible to look or feel great after being run over by the restless sleep train.

So if you’re not sleeping like a baby and waking up most mornings feeling ready to kick ass and take names…

What are you going to do?

Well, luckily for you a few months back 28 pioneers joined me on a 28 day adventure into sleep.

We went deep into the available research and discovered how to sleep well and how to sleep enough. I recorded it all, edited it and updated where necessary.

The result is what I call: The Sleep Solution A 28-Day program to help you sleep like a baby and wake up feeling refreshed and good to go.

Inside its 52 pages you’ll discover 43 tips and techniques all focused with one job in mind…

To give you Fantastic Sleep.

Full details here.

Bye for now

Marcus