After a long two years and counting of the Covid-19 pandemic, Americans are feeling more stressed than ever. The majority of Americans have reported that they “desperately need a vacation” and 1 in 4 employees say that they are “approaching burnout.” The sleep and stress cycle is viscous, as high levels of stress lead to sleep problems and fatigue, which makes us more susceptible to stressors, and the cycle repeats.
Poor health, decisions, and performance are only the beginning of the true cost of not getting enough sleep. People who sleep less than 6 hours per night are more likely to have a higher BMI and are at a disadvantage when making sound financial decisions. On the other hand, people who get 7-8 hours of sleep per night are 29% more productive than those who don’t. Although sleep is vital to our health and wellbeing in more ways than one, 1 in 3 Americans do not get enough sleep.
Investing in better sleep is one of the most impactful ways that people can improve this area of their lives. While self care does not have to be expensive, there are many luxuries that one may choose to invest in, such as a personal trainer, a personal assistant, taking a day off, or even buying a higher quality mattress. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of healthy living, and there are more options now than ever before to enhance the experience.