Sleep is more than just downtime

Punkt. AC02 alarm clock designed by Jasper Morrison

If we didn’t really know how vital sleep is for our good health and wellbeing before the digital revolution, we certainly do now.

It’s time to start fighting back. Because it is an epidemic, a real medical emergency. Neuroscientist Matthew Walker’s astonishing book Why We Sleep lists how sleep-deprivation is a key factor in an array of life-threatening diseases. It is permanent in its effects. And over the last 75 years the number of people in ‘developed’ countries suffering from harmful levels of sleep deprivation has climbed from 8% to 50%.

Punkt. AC02 alarm clock designed by Jasper Morrison

The problem is a combination of quantity and quality — the latter is relatively easy to fix. Arianna Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution describes how we can start to take sleep seriously, including not using your phone as an alarm clock, and taking steps to make your bedroom a special place.

So here’s the checklist:

Punkt. AC02 alarm clock designed by Jasper Morrison

Originally published at https://www.punkt.ch.

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