Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Is sleep the new sex?

Apparenlty sleep is the new sex, Sleep is something everyone needs and wants .We have to have it, and we have trouble getting it these days. And increasingly people are paying a lot of money for relief.

Experts agree that 8.5 hours is the optimal amount of sleep each night. However, a third of adults in Britain regularly sleep 5 hours or less and between 30 and 40 percent report sleep disorders. The lack of sleep is blamed on problems with mental health, weight gain and high blood pressure to name but a few.
More people are having children later in life and with global working hours demanding more of our time, a night of uninterrupted sleep has become more of a luxury.
Sleep deprivation takes both a physical and financial toll. Research shows sleep is catching up with diet and exercise in terms of influencing overall health
Not getting enough sleep has led to higher annual health-care costs and billions in lost productivity.
Sleeping-pill prescriptions are up by 60 percent since 2000.
Some doctors worry about significant side effects of sleeping pills, including next-day "hangovers," sleepwalking, amnesia and addiction.
There are also plenty of sleep-aid gadgets on the market, ranging from sound-soothing machines. Do these devices really work?
Is sleep the new sex – or has is always been?

It really doesn’t matter how much your neighbour or your mother got. For the individual, as long as you are getting enough, you’ll be alright!

Do you get enough? I know i dont!!

70 comments:

A Bishops wife said...

As a general rule, I think I get enough sleep. We had a "White noise machine" for a while a few years ago. Made bubble and nature sounds--do not like them.

Billy Boy said...

If we didnt have dreams in our sleep what would life be like? Do we even need dreams? Why do we have them? How do fish sleep? I guess thats another subject for our little green eared casdok!!!!

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi, I have always thought of sleep as the utmost luxury, especially since having the children. That's nearly thirty years ago, but I still love it - and don't function properly without it.
regards, M xx

Marita said...

I turned down sex last night so I could get some extra sleeping in. Loves me some sex, loves me some sleep even more.

One day, hopefully in the not so distant future my girls will both sleep through the night on a regular basis. Or even for 5 hours in a row, that would be bliss.

Meredith said...

LOL, when I read this, I thought of the narcoleptic guy in town. Once he said he was envious of me as I sleep 10 hours a week as average. Matter of perspective, eh?

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

What's sleep???

xx

Faith said...

Don't sleep well since the menopause - but manage to function well enough on what I get.

MZUNGU CHICK said...

That's absolutely the best news I've had all year! Being a single mother and all, sex is quite a rarity but sleep at least I generally get a few hours a night. I just so knew it was better for me to get a bit of kip in, rather than a quick romp (although I must admit if I had an option perhaps I'd change my mind!) :-)

buffalodickdy said...

If I slept 8-1/2 hrs straight, people would think I died...

Jen said...

I can't remember the last time that I slept more than 2-3 hours at a time over the last 12 years. Much as I love sex, I'd do almost anything for a full night of sleep.

It is scary though- long-term sleep deprivation is such a damaging thing on so many levels, and sleeping pills don't really do anything to stop it. It's an area of medical research that I think is very important, to say the least.

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

I've got loads of stuff to do today, but when I woke up, after 6 hours sleep, I got the kids ready for school, then went back to bed for another 3 hours. I tell you what, climbing back into bed was the BEST feeling in the world. Now I've gotta get off my arse and do the work!

Kim Ayres said...

What's sex? What's sleep?

yaaawwwWWWWWWwwwwwnnnnn...

motherx said...

I turn into a complete monster when I dont get enough sleep! I need it to function and even if it just gets messed up for an hour or so then thats me for the rest of the day! From lack of sleep I can honestly say I feel like a pyscho. When I sleep through the night, everything doesnt seem so bad the next day and I look a lot younger!!!

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Nancy said...

If sleep IS the new sex, at least I am "getting" something *wink*

Love your posts Cas =)

captain corky said...

My wife and I are different schedules so we actually do get a decent amount of sleep. Not great, but it works.

titration said...

This caused me to laugh out loud. Great post. :) I've got to say being a sleep virgin would be sooooo much more painful than being a virgin virgin. :) Great post.

Patti said...

Another fun-to-read post, Casdok. I try to go to bed early but never seem to get enough sleep.

misha_k said...

I get much more sleep than I do sex but even a good night's sleep is something I never see.

She's like the wind said...

I love my sleep and hate having interupted sleep I would say I need 8.5 hours sleep to feel normal, rarely get it. Give me sleep over sex any day!
x

Marla said...

I have to get sleep and lots of it. When M had major sleep trouble..those were the hardest years. To this day I don't know how I survived on so little sleep.

Paul F. said...

I try to get enough as often as I can, but that's about it. Sometimes work dictates my sleep if I can't finish a project fast enough. I heard that exactly 7 hours and 20 minutes is optimal for good health. I can't quote my sources though.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Well I definitely don't get enough. Of either.

Crystal xx

Phil Plasma said...

Sleep has always been a priority to me so I usually get close to what is needed. I'd say four sevenths of the time I get the right amount, two sevenths I am short by between 30 and 60 minutes and the last seventh I am way short. When my two kids were infants, however, those nights were very much interrupted nights, so during those times I could feel the pain of what is described in your post.

Flea said...

I think I probably get enough sleep, but my husband was just diagnosed with sleep apnea. He stops breathing. All night long. So he really hasn't had REM sleep in years. We weren't aware how important sleep is till he actually started sleeping and OH MY GOSH! It's like getting glasses for the first time and being able to see all the leaves on trees or the blades of grass. He's alive.

Ange said...

I love both. The act of sleeping isn't that big of a deal, probably because I don't know what real sleep is anymore. But I love snuggling in my soft bed with my down comforter.

Milkmaid said...

Judging by the number of my mates who drink de-caff lots of problems with sleep round here. I however could sleep on a clothes line and always take my coffee with caffine

Wayne said...

Wow, excellent. By that logic, I'm getting more sex in a day than most get a week.

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

As part of my decision to make this the Year of Happy, I am trying to get more sleep. It's hard to get to bed early enough -- after the kids are asleep it is finally my chance to relax (with my eyes open!) and have fun, so it is hard to go straight to bed. But when I do, the next day goes so much more easily.

random moments said...

Boy do I believe that! I could definitely use a couple extra hours a night.

BBC said...

The best sleep comes after great sex. As I recall.

Sunshine said...

One of my resolutions was getting more sleep. I don't get enough and it sucks!

KAREN CLARKE said...

I would probably get enough sleep if I stopped doing things like this and went to bed earlier! Thing is, once the children are all settled it's quite nice to have a bit of down-time and having an early night seems wasteful somehow :)

LittleBrownDog said...

Sleep, that wonderful, elusive thing - I rarely feel I've had enough. I don't feel so dog-tired all the time like I did when I had a small baby, the morning always seems to come too soon. And I hate getting up when it's still dark.

An interesting and thought-provoking post, Casdok.

Kellan said...

I do get enought sleep - but my husband does not. And,I don't think my teenagers do!

Have a good day. Kellan

Ashley's Mom said...

My deafblind daughter sleeps in short bursts - an hour here, two hours there. Since adopting her at age 2 (she is now 13), I don't think I have slept through the night. Even on the rare occasions that she does sleep for 5-6 hours straight, I am so worried that she may have had a seizure or some other medical issue, that I still get up every hour or so to check that she is still breathing.

I am really, really tired most of the time.

Tom Foolery (TF) said...

SEX makes me sleep, not during the act! TFX

DJ Kirkby said...

Nope, not nearly enough...

aims said...

I don't get enough either!
Grrrrrrrrrrrr -

dawn said...

Funny sleep is better than sex sometimes. I get maybe 6 hours a night and 8 on weekends. i am a night person where as hubby is a morning and can just fall asleep at a moments notice. I stay up waiting for my kids which some people do and some don't. I just can't sleep well until I know there home and safe. Your right though the sleeping pill industry is making a fortune.

Chopski said...

If sleep is the new sex I should try and stop napping on the train and falling asleep on my own so much!!

Wizzard said...

Sleep - would love a really deep sleep. My partner has sleep apnoea and has a CPAP machine which helps him, but not me. The trouble is that it expels a constant flow of air - usually down my neck, and the noise of that is constantly with me and I hear it in my sleep.
Wx

Chris H said...

I'm finally LUCKY.. I do get enough sleep! But it took about 25 years to finally NOT have a kid waking up in the night to annoy the hell out of me!

katy said...

yep i get enough, sleep of course, now this sex thing..........

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

I don't get enough... but I'd rather sleep than have sex any day! LOL

Ian Lidster said...

Do I get enough? Sleep or sex? In both case, I think we do know when we're getting enough. Of sex, we like to think it's never enough. With sleep well -- I just don't lose sleep over it. Sorry.

Christy said...

I slept on my son's floor last night. Well, I laid on a sleeping bag on the floor and stared at the ceiling whilst listening to him finally fall asleep and breath.

Lianna said...

I'll tell you...sleep is sexy in my books. I am so deprived that the mere thought of a saliva-induced-open-mouth-slumber is sexier than Brad Pitt begging for my attention. ;)

R.E.H. said...

Aaah... your question was of a completely different nature than I had expected ;)

I will answer tomorrow.

BTW. Sound-soothing machines? What's up with that?

alan said...

My wife shorts herself on sleep all the time, sometimes as little as four hours a night. Sometimes because of pain (arthritis) sometimes worry. Until my late thirties I did as well, then something "switched" and falling asleep when I hit the pillow is pretty much guaranteed. I can get by on 6 or 7 for a day if I have to; if I try to do too many I start to do stupid things and fear hurting someone at work (I drive a 16,000 pound forklift).

So I work at getting my 8 hours each night!

alan

Real Live Lesbian said...

Yep...getting plenty of both. But only recently. You are right though...I think sleep is the new sex!

QUASAR9 said...

Sleep can be better than sex

But only if it lasts longer
and you get more of it.

QUASAR9 said...

But me, I'm an old fashioned guy
I like sex before sleep
and then I really can sleep

oh, and I like sex after sleep
it really does wake me up
and then I really know I'm awake

Pixie said...

yep sex fine,
sleep what the hell is that?
not done that properly for the last 22 years.
pxx

Annieye said...

I have absolutely no idea if I get enough of either!

Mind you, having said that, if Sean Bean were to walk through my front door ...

Rising Rainbow said...

I used to not sleep well. I was plagued my night terrors so really was afraid to sleep.

But now I get my sleep most nights and when I am sick I make sure to sleep like I should or I would never get well.

Sleep is very important. I'm very glad that my sleeping habits have improved.

leslie said...

Sex? What's that??? Now that I live alone I get pretty good sleeps but sometimes have insomnia, too.

Krystal said...

Sleep is not the new sex!

Wait, I want to make that clear...

SLEEP IS NOT THE NEW SEX!

I can function on a minimal amount of sleep. Sex? Yeah, me without sex it not a good thing.

Maybe that's why I have so many children...

BostonPobble said...

I love my sleep. And I can sleep anywhere ~ from my bed to the back of open-topped jeeps driving down gravel roads. I can't speak for anyone else but I've always known a luxurious sleep was as good as luxurious sex.

Angela said...

Need sleep now
I must stop blogging

Mel said...

Well, I get enough of one of 'em.

LOL I ain't telling which one and you can't make me.

Special Needs Mama said...

I need to send this to my husband. I need more sleep.

Kelley said...

you are peeking through my windows aren't you?

Sleeplessness, snot. You know me to well.

Here is to some sleepin' action for the both of us!

She's like the wind said...

It's funny how all the men sleep better after sex!! x

Laura McIntyre said...

Given a choice sleep would win EVERYTIME , my youngest is on a sleeping strike so even more so at the moment

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Can there ever be such a thing as enough sleep? BG x

laughingwolf said...

i know i sleep, but not the required 8.5 hr, usually tween 6 - 7, sometimes 3 - 4 only

mommy~dearest said...

Yes, I can honestly say I don't get enough...of either.

Jorgo said...

Well that's a turn up for the books!

The difference between light and hard?

One can normally get to sleep with a "light on."

kristi said...

Normally I get around 6 hours a night...never enough. On the weekends, I try to catch up though.