Sleep is one of the most critical ingredients to health and stress relief. Less than 7 hours a night is considered a carcinogen by the World Health Organization and makes you 3x more susceptible to colds and flu. You operate at a cognitive disadvantage when you sleep less and are more prone to have 20 pounds of extra weight.
One new study shows that loneliness can contribute to sleeplessness, as well as high blood pressure and depression. Make time with friends a priority. 27+ million Americans live completely alone. 20% of people feel so cut off from others that loneli ness is a major source of unhappiness. So cultivate new relationships, join clubs around your hobbies and interests, connect with others. Your health will improve and you will sleep better at night, plus you will have greater joy in your life.
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