Is Sleep More Important Than Nutrition, Exercise & Mindfulness?


When we’re falling behind in one area of our lives, sleep is often the first sacrifice we make. Too often, in fact. Lack of sleep is making us fat, sick, and imbalanced. Over time depriving your body of the sleep it needs is just as harmful as drunk driving, chronically overeating, or not exercising and the consequences are much more serious than next-day drowsiness. As much as we’d like to believe in the super powers of yoga, green smoothies, and meditation, none of it will make up for lost shut-eye. Long-term sleep deprivation can lead to increased risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and stroke. Yikes!

It’s no secret that sleep is necessary to feel our best and yet we’ve denied ourselves proper rest consistently enough to paint a picture of the sleepless hero: the one who excels at work, pushes hard at the gym, goes out on weekends, is a perfect mom, always keeping her cool on five hours or less. Newsflash: this person isn’t real (and if she were, she’d be completely burned out). She’s also becoming irrelevant. The NYT just called sleep “the new status symbol,” nodding to the still-upward trend in personal well-being. According to mbg’s experts, sleep is not just “status,” it’s the most important part of your wellness routine.

If sleep is the foundation of our well-being and we increasingly desire more of it, why are we still struggling to get enough?


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