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Healthy Sleep Habits

Question-Week ending Sunday 01/05/03:
Please approximate how many hours you sleep soundly each night. Please read the Pre-Poll Commentary before taking this poll.

Pre-Poll Commentary:

In this twelfth and final poll of the Daily Dozen Disciplines, we will discuss how important it is to maintain healthy sleeping habits.

Every human being needs a certain number of hours of sleep each day to revive brain cells and other body systems so they’ll continue functioning effectively. Sleep is not a luxury. It is a necessity to staying healthy. Too many people consciously put a low priority on sleeping soundly each night. They engage in other activities rather than make a conscious effort to develop good sleeping habits. Others have a very difficult time falling asleep at night and would love to be able to get a good night’s sleep.

Unfortunately we’ve become a tired and chronically sleep-deprived generation. We live in a fast-paced, high-tech world that operates 24 hours a day. Supermarkets, restaurants, convenience stores and a variety of other businesses and services are accessible 24 hours a day. People such as nurses, waiters and policeman are required to work rotating shifts. More and more people are entrepreneurs who work from home, often following no set work schedule. Television, radio and movie channels broadcast day and night. Sleep patterns are no longer as simple as following the old rule of “early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.”

To have healthy sleeping habits we must make a conscious effort to invest some time to study and research the importance of sleeping healthy each day. Once we understand how important sleep habits are, we must make sleeping soundly a high priority on our to-do list, in order to promote better health and improve the quality of our lives. In our summary section for this poll, we will try to guide you to some websites that deal with the topic of SLEEP.

Let us know in this week's poll how many hours of sound sleep you enjoy each night. This poll will end on Sunday 01/05/03. Watch for the results and summary by Monday morning 01/06/03.

1. 28% answered that they sleep soundly for 6 hours nightly
2. 23% answered that they sleep soundly for 5 hours nightly
3. 20% answered that they sleep soundly for 7 hours nightly
4. 13% answered that they sleep soundly for 8 hours nightly
5. 13% answered that they sleep soundly for 4 hours nightly
6. 03% answered that they sleep soundly for 3 hours nightly

Post-Poll Commentary:
There were no overwhelming answers in this week's poll on sound sleeping. However, we may conclude from our small sampling that too few people are getting the 8 hours of optimum sleep we should shoot for according to researchers.

Everyone is different and has different requirements. But we should not discount the fact that we all need healthy sleep habits. As a matter of fact, during this past week I personally tried to establish one of my old routines of early to bed and early to rise. This poll brought to my consciousness how I have slipped from a healthier routine that I once kept. Hopefully it will do the same for you. We all need to revisit and analyze all of our daily disciplines and what we need to do to stay healthier and happier. We need to think about which habits are excellent, good, fair or poor? Then make improvements. That was the purpose of presenting our polls on the Dozen Daily Disciplines over the past 12 weeks. We hope you have enjoyed and benefited from this series. I have benefited by presenting it to you. We will begin a new series on EFFECTIVE GOAL SETTING AND PLANNING this week.

For more information on SLEEP I have found a good website to recommend. It's full of good resources and hosted by what appears to be a very knowledgeable and caring individual. It's called Enjoy!

Master Archives of Polls

Dozen Daily Discipline Poll Topics
Dozen Daily Disciplines Introduction
1-Eating Healthy | 2-Daily Vitamin Supplements | 3-Working Effectively
4-Focused Time with Loved One | 5-Focused Time with Family | 6-Daily Exercise
7-Daily Reading For Education | 8-Daily Audio Learning | 9-Daily Financial Management
10-Sharing With Others | 11-Time for Spirituality | 12-Healthy Sleep Habits

Goal Planning System Topics
Goal Planning System Introduction
Step 1-Belief, Desire | Step 2-Writing Down Goals | Step 3-Benefits & Analysis Step 4-Listing Obstacles | Step 5-Listing Resources | Step 6-Write out a Detailed Plan
Step 7-Execute Passionately & Keep Score

Time Management Series Topics
Strategy and Benefits | TM Benefit 1 Peace of Mind
TM Benefit 2 Self Knowledge | TM Benefit 3 Health & Energy
TM Benefit 4 Loving Relationships | TM Benefit 5 Financial Rewards
TM Benefit 6 Achieving Worthy Goals | TM Benefit 7 Total Personal Fulfillment

Personal Development Opportunities Topics
PDO's Introduction
PDO's Ages 7 to 12 | PDO's Ages 13 to 19 | PDO's Ages 20 to 29
PDO's Ages 30 to 39 | PDO's Ages 40 to 49 | PDO's Ages 50 to 59
PDO's Ages 60 - Over, Plus Summary

Personal Value In The Marketplace (PVIM) Topics
PVIM Introduction
PVIM Evaluation | PVIM Increasing Your Value | PVIM Preparing And Planing Early
PVIM Start Improving Your Market Value Today!

The Qualities Of Leadership Topics
Honesty | Energy & Passion | Great Listeners | Being Decisive
Being Realistic | Great Communicator | Being Patient | Being Persistent
Being Flexible | Being Persuasive | Being Competent | Being Responsible
Sense of Humor | Great Role Model | Being Creative | Being Compassionate
Being Resourceful | Being Diplomatic | Forgiving | Willing To Take Risks

Positive Moods And Emotions Topics
Acceptance | Affection | Ambition | Anticipation | Attentive | Calmness
Caring | Confidence | Courage | Curiosity | Desire | Determination | Eagerness
Empathy | Enthusiasm | Excitement | Generosity | Gratitude | Happiness
Independence | Joy | Kindness | Love | Loyalty | Patience | Pride | Relaxation
Respect | Satisfaction | Trust

Other Poll Topics Discussed
Poll Index
Aerobic Exercise | Audio Learning | Beaches | Concerts | Cruise Ships
Financial Management | Football Passion | Internet Time | Magazine Reading
Movie Rentals | Music Listening | Nurturing Relationships | Pet Ownership
Photography | Pro Sports | Restaurants | Strength Exercise | Stretching Routine
Theatre | TV Time | Weekend Away


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