I've often said over the years that sleep is essential for proper health and fitness, including proper bodyweight. The Whole Life Challenge (WLC), for the past week and a half, has required that we focus on our sleep in an effort to get at least seven hours per day. While seven hours of sleep doesn't seem like much, it can be a daunting task for those of us with incredibly busy schedules, multiple endeavors in which we're involved, family commitments, workouts, and whatever else life throws at us. Top that off with some mild to moderate stress and you have the perfect storm for sleeplessness.
I believe that we often achieve what we focus on. That said, with the exception of only two nights out of 10, I've been able to get seven or more hours a night of sleep. I attribute this to the WLC lifestyle focus and to the focus on quality eating (better eats = better sleep). And this has paid off well for me as I've had to tackle three jury trials in less than 7 days, coach classes, judge the Open, and keep up with other "stuff". The sleep focus has helped my performance across the board and I recommend at least seven hours of sleep for everyone!
Here's some more information on sleep from The New Yorker: click HERE.