Listen :: Sleep, Health and Wealth from FREAKONOMICS


How Important Is Sleep?

It’s well-established that a lack of sleep can impair our cognitive function. Sleep loss has also been linked to adverse physical outcomes like weight gain and, increasingly, more serious maladies. Is it possible that lack of sleep can even explain the income gap?

The Economics of Sleep, Part 1: A New Freakonomics Radio Episode – FREAKONOMICS

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.Thomas Dekker

I never knew how important sleep was, until I started sleeping better.

I, so many of us, live by that mantra of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” and I used to be able to work and live off of something like 3 or 4 hours of sleep per night.

I was working, promoting clubs, staying up late and drinking and fornicating and doing all of the really dumb shit that you can do but if you do, you should really take care of your body.

I was doing that. Working out like crazy, drinking a ton of water, and living a healthy life otherwise.

But, then I stopped promoting and continued the hard living lifestyle and my body began to feel crazy. I stopped working out, and kept drinking. I started smoking and eating crazy. My sleep got worse. The great irony was that even though I only slept for a few hours at night, I still had a pattern. I had specific places that I had to be at specific times, so the sleep that I did get I felt was power sleep and at least did what it was supposed to do.

The problem though, once I stopped the promoting and super late hours was that I found myself still not able to sleep. My body didn’t adjust. I assume that it was because I still drank, I still smoked, I still found myself with things to do at random hours of the night.

But then, I made a decision that I was going to fix this sleep thing.

I forced myself to sleep at certain times, I bought a new bed and ironically, I got a lady that liked to sleep.

I found more time to sleep.

Fast forward some years and I am no longer with that lady. I still smoke and drink. I don’t work out and my sleeping got all fucked up again.

Having a business, its actually more difficult to sleep and some of those things are addressed in these pods – financial insecurity, undue stress from having to make it, not having a set schedule, etc.

So, I’m going to make that effort again to make sure that I sleep.

All of the research now tells us how important sleep is and how much it affects our well being and cognitive situations so it makes sense to try and make use of something that can make you bulletproof that doesn’t cost you anything and is literally in your own hands.

We’ll see how this works out.

In the first episode above Freakonomics primarily discusses the health implications of sleep. This time, they discuss the economic impact.

The Economics of Sleep, Part 2: A New Freakonomics Radio Episode – FREAKONOMICS

Interesting infographic here:


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