Nothing’s worse than laying awake in bed at two in the morning, churning about all the things you’ve got to do the next day and that stupid thing your coworker said and the fact that the tailor messed up that hemming job and now you have to go back to get it fixed… Right. Anyway, turns out that losing sleep isn’t just frustrating, it makes you dumber. According to a new study by the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, too little sleep leads to a lack of focus, a decrease in memory and an inability to problem-solve. Plus, a sleep deficit can make us sick, look old and gain weight. Sound the alarm!
Since experts agree that we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, but most Americans average less, I asked Dr. Param Dedhia, M.D., director of sleep medicine at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, to give me his top five tips for a better night’s sleep, and I’m sharing them with you below. Incorporate these and we’ll all be at Harvard next year conducting studies on the astounding uptick in well-rested geniuses reading my column. You’re welcome.