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How to Sleep Well and Wake Up Feeling Energized

Melissa Chu
6 min readJan 12, 2021

Sleep. How many of us can confidently raise our hands and say that we get enough of it every night?

We know sleep is important to our well-being, and yet we do a poor job of translating theory into practice.

We whittle away the hours working on projects, watching late-night entertainment, and talking to other people when we should be calling it a night. Some of us pull all-nighters just to get something done right before a deadline. You might even hear someone brag about how little they sleep.

There are more things to do now than ever before. More obligations, more choices, more opportunities. But with the ever-present constraint of 24 hours in a day, the first thing we cut is sleep.

You can see this phenomenon play out clearly over time. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the percentage of adults who slept six or fewer hours per night rose from 22 percent in 1985 to 31.6 percent of adults in 2014. That means nearly a third of American adults are not getting sufficient sleep.

Not getting the proper amount of sleep on a nightly basis may not seem problematic at first. You get caught up in something and end up delaying your bedtime by a couple hours. You figure you’ll catch on that shut-eye at a later time. One night isn’t a big deal.



Melissa Chu

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