The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.
Did you know that staying up late on weekends is bad for your heart? A study presented at a meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies found that each hour of “social jet lag” – staying up late and sleeping in on weekends – was linked with an 11% higher risk of heart disease, along with fatigue and worse moods.
I’ve discussed this before. I don’t get enough sleep. When I was sniffling and coughing nonstop last weekend, I didn’t give myself enough chance to rest. I overdid it on Saturday and was gone from the house morning till night. At some point on Saturday, I had the forethought to bump Sunday’s plans to Monday, and all was right with the world.
I slept twelve hours Saturday night through Sunday. I never heard Leslie leave the house to take Clooney (the cat) to the vet on Sunday morning. He’d been sneezing and excreting some snot-looking substance from his nose. I suppose Leslie was wishing Clooney had opposable thumbs that would have allowed him to blow his own nose.
Is it possible that Clooney gave me a cold? Believe me, there is no loving on Clooney coming from this girl (Clooney the cat; Clooney the man would be a different story!), so I doubt that, even if it was possible, the cat shared his cooties with me.
But that Saturday night/Sunday morning was bliss. In one day, my cold had seemed to disappear and I didn’t feel like a truck was sitting on my chest. The large amount of rest and sleep really did help. After attending a cookout on Tuesday for the 4th, I came home and went straight to bed. I slept ten hours that night before getting up for work on Wednesday morning.
Is it possible that my left knee hurt just a little bit less? Was I more mindful? Could it be that I wasn’t sneezing or coughing the whole day? Did things bother me less than usual?
A big fat yes! In two short test runs, I proved to myself how much sleep can help me. Have I kept with the plan? No. Last night was the usual six hours, and after my shower, I was so tempted to just get back into bed. Alas, if I want a paycheck this week, I better show up for work on a regular basis!