This might come as a surprise to my readers, but people often choose fitness and nutrition over sleep. According to a 2018 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 35% percent of people say they prioritize fitness and nutrition over everything else. Sleep (10%) narrowly beat out Social Life (9%) for the second-to-last place spot. Career (27%) and Hobbies (17%) came in second and third respectively.
Sleep just doesn’t get the love it deserves! Maybe that’s why about half of the U.S. population is sleep deprived.
It could be that the people who value fitness and nutrition rank it higher because it seems more important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a trim waistline. Popular media constantly promotes diet and exercise as the cornerstones of health. Shows like The Biggest Loser focus more on fitness and food and rarely on sleep.
Sure, feats of athleticism and healthy meals cooked by gourmet chefs are packed with flavor and drama, and sleep, by its very nature, doesn’t translate well to TV. But when it comes to a healthy lifestyle in real life, …