In recent times there’s been a common trend going on with this generation. We no longer value sleep. Instead, we feel as if this is a genuine waste of time. The reason behind this is because of the fact that our work lives are more busy than they’ve ever been. There’s no time for family, friends or even ourselves.
Our generation is putting less value on sleep, purely because they feel the need to do more. This is where social media also plays a part in these events. Seeing friends, family and celebrities online live the life you want almost tricks you into wanting to also reach that point but at a faster pace. This may all sound very motivating but the physical impacts of exerting yourself to a point where you feel you can last on a few hours of sleep are quite deadly. According to an article by Big Think, writers Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez said, “This means increased profits, which means business expansion, which means more jobs, which means more consumers with more disposable income. Consumption keeps the wheels of “progress” moving,” as they evaluate why we work more often today.
Today, we boast to our colleagues saying, “I didn’t get any sleep, I just worked all night.” This custom has become so popular amongst our generation and is seen as a good thing until it starts affecting our health. Recently much awareness has been made to start taking care of our bodies, get enough sleep, eat healthier and workout. Importance of our physical health is starting to become just as important (or even more) than getting that new promotion. This is because over the years, sleep deprivation has been a huge cause of many illnesses such as stress, panic attacks, mental health issues and many physical conditions. According to Dr. Deborah Weatherspoon, “Your body needs sleep, just as it needs air and food to function at its best. During sleep, your body heals itself and restores its chemical balance. Your brain forges new connections and helps memory retention. Without enough sleep, your brain and body systems won’t function normally. It can also dramatically lower your quality of life. ”
Improving the quality of sleep in this generation and erasing the stigma that comes with it will physically benefit many people today. As more awareness is made of this, more people will realize the importance of valuing their sleep.