Sleep is a biological reality with 3-billion years of evolutionary wisdom. All animals need to sleep. Nature demands it. Good sleep is critical to survival and success.
Humans have made a mess of sleep. In the past, we had plenty of time to sleep and long, dark nights that encouraged sleep. In fact, we had so much sleep that nature has not devised a sleep protection system. Thirst, hunger and libido will drive us to secure water, food and reproduction. These are resilient systems. Sleep in an overstimulated, noisy, bright and accelerated world is a fragile system.
Why do we need sleep training?
Half of us are not getting enough sleep. One third of us are sleeping less than 6 hours per night and confronting a raft of health, mortality, mental health, wellbeing and performance issues as a consequence.
In 1942 we slept 7.9 hours. Today it has dropped to 6.5 hours.
Most people simply don’t know that they have a problem, they also don’t know what they are missing out on.
Learn how to secure the right amount of sleep, at the right time and at optimal quality.
The risks of sleep loss
- 30% decrease in performance – alertness, executive functions, memory, speed, strength and jump height
- 60% increase in injury
- Consumption of 300-450 calories extra per day – 8kg per year. It is a major contributor to obesity and diabetes
- Increased Alzheimers, heart disease, cancer (bowel, breast and prostate), abdominal disease and inflammation
- Gene disruption – at least 711 genes
- Leadership fails – charisma, motivation, empathy, expressiveness, ethics and altruism
The benefits of good sleep
- Clearance of waste and debris from wakefulness
- Restoration of immunity, strength, fitness, postural stability, metabolism and inflammatory response
- Emotional insight, regulation, empathy, expressiveness and
- Rewiring and repair of neurons to consolidate learning, memory, alertness, problem solving and optimism
- Preparation for optimal performance (flow), morality, compassion, altruism and wisdom
About this programme
This programme guides participants through sleep fundamentals so that they understand why sleep is important and how to create the conditions for optimal rest.
The programme can be delivered as a face-to-face workshop or in micro-learning videos via our Resilience App.