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Women Are Significantly More Sleep-Deprived Than Men

08/24/2015 12:17pm ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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"Women are significantly more sleep-deprived than men," confirms Dr. Michael Breus, author of Beauty Sleep. "They have so many commitments, and sleep starts to get low on the totem pole. They may know that sleep should be a priority, but then, you know, they've just got to get that last thing done. And that's when it starts to get bad." Cheating your body out of the R & R it needs can make you more prone to illness, stress, traffic accidents, and weight gain. (Dr. Breus swears that sleeping will actually do more to take off weigh than exercise!) Arianna Huffington, Thrive

Getting A Good Night's Sleep

A full night's sleep is recommended, but you can get by on less.

Sleeping less than the amount you need not only makes you tired, it can be harmful to your health. Obesity, high blood pressure, depression, lowered productivity and mental alertness, even safety hazards are the consequences of too little sleep.

How well do you sleep?

Take this test.

Do you sometimes have trouble falling asleep?

During the night, do you toss and turn?

In the morning, are you tired, instead of refreshed and ready to go?

In the afternoon, do you feel tired, sleepy or have low energy?

Do you feel sometimes that your sleep was not enough to help you meet the demands of the day?

Do you ever take medication to help you sleep?

Do you ever take medication or caffeine to help you stay awake?

Do you sometimes wish your mattress were less soft or less firm?

Is the firmness you chose a compromise between you and your sleep partner?

Do you ever feel hot or cold while you are trying to sleep?

If you answered "yes" to some of these questions, you're ready to sleep better.

Time To Take A Third Metric Look At Our Strained Relationship To Sleep

The science of the Third Metric thinking is out and reaffirms that the most basic change we can make in redefining success in our lives has to do with our strained relationship to sleep. The 55 pages of scientific endnotes in Thrive confirm that a good night's sleep is non-negotiable.

The Science Behind Third Metric Sleep Industries

Third Metric industries are now beginning to take on the science of sleep validating the wisdom of ancient principles with modern technology. This association means it couldn't be easier to take back control of our lives, to redirect them with research and insight, and to help us thrive at whatever age and in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, for example: the stresses of work, exams, looking after small children or aging parents, or simply those who love to live life to the full with a "work hard, play harder" attitude!

Crucial Determinants For A Good Night's Sleep

Factor Into Your Life An Adaptive Sleep Environment

One of the first steps I propose you take to improve your chances of a good night's sleep focuses our attention to the wellness industry. These Third Metric industries are helping us take control of our lives while saving us time and money. The latest in cutting edge technology has delivered us the new concept of an adaptive sleep environment. This adaptive sleep system instantly transforms our bedroom into a sanctuary from the stresses and strains of the day by addressing the issues that are crucial to a good night's sleep. These factors include: our physical comfort, a supportive thermal environment with moisture control, ventilation stimulation, hygiene and energetic environment.

It also optimizes each of these different factors for each individual, even if they share a bed with a partner who might have significantly different requirements at any one time.

Creating Our Personal Sleep Revolution

Creating a healthier, happier life doesn't need to be complicated. By simply incorporating a sleep system, my recommended choice is the Kenko Naturest Sleep System into our bed and adding the sleep tips suggested in my first and previous article, we will begin to create our personal revolution that will change our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

Share This Article

Please share this Third Metric article with your friends and significant others. To find out more about the Third Metric & Sleep read Thrive, Chapter One, "A New Blueprint: Time to Renovate the Architecture of Our Lives." To find out more about the Kenko Naturest Sleep System contact Jackie at thrive.huffpost@gmail.com

Let's Begin A Dialogue Around Changing Our Strained Relationship to Sleep

What more can we do to change our strained relationship to sleep? Why not create a dialogue by sharing your comments below.