Why is sleep something that people think is a waste of time? According to the research, Millennials are significantly more likely to feel that spending 20 out of 60 years sleeping is a waste of time (30%), compared to Generation X (23%) and Baby Boomer (21%) respondents. That number rises when examining male responses; males feel the time is wasted. A possible reason for this difference is the desire for younger people to experience the here and now to its fullest, as captured by the popular slogan, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." Spending one-third of your life sleeping is not a negative; it's a biological need. Those that feel time is being wasted on sleep will more likely cheat themselves of the seven to nine hours they need to make their waking hours more healthy, productive and enjoyable.
A primary cause of excessive sleepiness among Americans is self-imposed sleep deprivation, due to our 24/7 society. Health professionals should be concerned that Americans may think of sleep as a waste of time, when in fact, chronic sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues, including heart disease, obesity, stroke and dementia.
Do you make excuses of why you do not get the 7-8 hours that is needed, even though you know it is necessary to recharge, restore and refresh your body. Make it worth your time!