Monday, March 25, 2024

CMO Message: Sleep

Have you ever wished you were more productive, mentally sharp, or athletic? Do you want to have a better immune system, lower risk of cancer, and a positive attitude? There’s actually a silver bullet to accomplish all of these goals. The catch is that it requires 7-9 hours each day. Your silver bullet is quality sleep.

While there can be many challenges in everyday life that stand in the way of getting your zzzz’s, perhaps the biggest barrier is our society’s mindset around sleep. “Getting by” on little sleep is seen as a badge of honor - a testament of your ability to live an active life and fulfill important responsibilities. Even the term “beauty sleep” suggests that sleep is a luxury and only serves a cosmetic purpose.

That notion couldn’t be further from the truth. Believing that you can function well on 4 hours of sleep regularly is akin to saying that you can live well on 50% of your oxygen needs. Getting enough sleep isn’t an indulgence. It’s a vital part of your physiology that your physical and mental health depend on. And for many people, getting better sleep may be more important than nutrition and exercise to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Please join us for our April HealthChats: Sleep on Thursday, April 18 at 10 am to learn more about the importance of sleep and how to get better quality sleep. After the presentation, there will be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. In the meantime, keep in mind that good sleep isn’t for the weak, it’s for the wise!


  • Rosemary Ku, MD/MBA/MPA