Alert: Adding life to your years

Get out your calculator folks. It’s time to do some eye opening math.

Let’s say you sleep an average of 8 hours per night. Just how much wakeful life would you gain if you weaned yourself down to 7 hours per night?

The results are might leave you wide-eyed.

1 hour extra wakefulness times 365 days per year = 15.2 days awake

That means that in just 24 years, you will have spent an extra year awake.

Of course we all need our sleep. It’s quite amazing how much we take it for granted though. Drinking caffeine and alcohol can have significant impacts on the amount of sleep the body requires. So having that latte and that beer might be having a much greater impact than you realize.

Sleep is luxurious, and is something to be thoroughly enjoyed. But do you know the cost of that extra hour? It might be higher than you think.

3 thoughts on “Alert: Adding life to your years”

  1. Putting numbers behind this makes it stand out oh so much! I hit the snooze AT LEAST 3 times this morning. Probably shortening my “waking life” as much as a pack a day habit :)

    As for the caffeine, I’ve managed to kick my habit for the past few months. I just wrote a piece about energizing your body through a more alkaline diet (caffeine and alchohol are very acidifying….ie. bad!).

    I’ve noticed that more alkaline my body gets…the less sleep I need and the better I feel.

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