In the past, a typical hunter gatherer would wake up every morning around 6:30 am, enjoy a 1-2 hour nap midday, and then go to bed around 9 am.
Today however, the average person spends only an average of 7.5 hours in bed every night and sleeps for only 6.1 of those hours.
Many factors account for how and why we sleep so differently than we used to in the past.
One is because today we’re provided with bright lights, phones, laptops, television shows, and other fun things to entertain and stimulate us well beyond an evolutionary normal bedtime behavior
Because of this, we sleep less and less well than we used to and ought to do, which prevents your brain from working properly and whittles away at your health.
This is why you need to be getting at least eight hours of sleep every night.
Getting a healthy amount of sleep is linked to:
Increased attention and focus
Decreased fat and increased muscle mass with exercise
Decreased dependence on stimulants like caffeine
And a decreased risk of depression
Understand that you will not last long with sleep deprivation. You may use stimulants to compensate for feeling tired, but that isn’t sustainable.
In the long run, your health will fall apart, which is why the goal for everyone needs to be focused on long term sustainability. This means getting 8 hours of sleep every night.
There is just too much science behind the benefits of sleep and the negative consequences of sleep deprivation that you can’t ignore this.