More fake news.
For as long as I can remember we’ve been told that we should get eight hours of sleep a night. As if it’s some gold standard of snooze.
But what if I were to tell you that it’s simply not true? That if you’ve been stressed out over coming up an hour or two short of the immaculate eight, you can relax now. Because eight hours is a myth. It’s hogwash. Bull poop.
And that’s not all.
While many of us try our darnedest to squeeze ourselves into a one-size-fits-all sleep cycle, we each have a genetically determined sleep type.
If you’re a science nerd like me, it’s specifically your Per3 gene that regulates your own personal sleep-wake cycle. And as I quickly found out when I moved downtown and tried to turn myself into a night owl … you can’t change your sleep gene. You’re stuck with it.
You see, I’m wired to rise before the dawn shows its butt crack. Meditate. Eat. Gym. LFG. No coffee needed.
But … at around 9pm, I’m struggling to make it through the fourth quarter of the Warriors game.
I’ve always been like this — early to rise, early to bed.
(By the way, listen to today’s episode to find out why the 5am Club/Morning Miracle works for me. But it may not be right for you.)
On the other hand, YOU may be wired to be your most productive at nighttime. You really don’t hit your stride until 2pm, right when your co-workers are starting to drag ass. And rarely do you get to bed early, or what society calls “on time.” Because your brain is lit up like a Christmas tree when you’re “supposed to be” sound asleep.
If this sounds like you, your sleep type is a wolf. I’m a lion. Good to meet you. I’m wide awake right now. You’re not. I’m sorry.
BUT there is something you can do to make the most of society’s draconian systems and structures for when you should be … uh, woke.
On today’s episode, my main man, Dr. Michael Breus, also known as The Sleep Doctor, busts the 8-hour myth and shows you how to use “the power of when” to become the most productive and less sleep-stressed version of yourself.
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