Step aside, insomnia. Social jet lag is the sleep disorder du jour.
You might not have heard the term, but you'll probably recognize the pattern:
- On weekdays, you average about six hours of sleep a night, most likely staring at your laptop for the last hour before bed.
- On weekends, social obligations keep you awake even later.
- To try to catch up, you sleep in for hours on weekends... which completely disrupts your sleep cycle for the following week.
That's social jet leg. It's the difference between the amount of sleep that our bodies need for good health — seven to nine hours per night for adults — and what our modern lives demand.
Poor sleep is not good for your health, safety or productivity. Improve your sleep, and you'll improve all of those things. There are lots of practical ways to get better sleep, but f.lux is a simple tool that focuses on one: adjusting the influence of artificial light.
Find out how this free software automatically helps you wind down your work day, get better sleep and be more productive in general.