Why We Sleep

I finished reading Why We Sleep today.

I’m kind of excited about this book! Since starting it, I’ve been trying to improve my sleeping habits. Honestly, I thought I was pretty okay at sleep? At least recently. A few years ago, I would stay up past midnight working at a computer, have multiple days of 5 hours of sleep a night, and I’d feel like garbage the next day. I still thought I could bounce back or something.

The wild thing I learned in this book is that people don’t really bounce back. Not sleeping 8 hours a night (literally, 8 hours, not 6, not 7) destroys your brain and your body. It’s hard not to sound sensationalist about this, honestly.

I think I’m going to cut back drinking caffeine–less mornings with coffee, and if I can avoid it altogether in the afternoon, I will. It’s going to be hard, but let this be a written record—I’m going to try!

Alcohol too. No beer or wine before bed! It apparently takes a whole day to metabolize alcohol in a way that will not hurt NREM sleep o_o.

Oh yeah, and no more screens before bed. Later computer :P