Hello? Helloo? Yes, I’m talking to you.
You over there, trying to subtly prop your eyelids open with your fingers, desperately willing the clock to fast forward to bedtime so you can finally put on your daggy pyjamas and fall into bed.
Whatever kept you up last night, whether it was your kids, noisy neighbours, endless emails or a Netflix series you just couldn’t stop watching, there’s just one thing on your mind: sleep.
That elusive, always-just-out-of-reach, never-there-when-you-need-it sleep.
It’s almost funny how blasé we can be towards something as important to, you know, survival as sleep.
We make a conscious effort to eat healthy, munching on kale, and make time in our schedule to exercise. So why aren’t we taking the same approach to sleep?
Many experts argue that sleep is actually the most important aspect of looking after our health, because it's the foundation of everything else. Have you ever tried doing any kind task on less than five hours sleep (which is what 16 percent of Australians are getting each night)?
It's no surprise it's a struggle - getting just four hours of sleep per night has been found to be the equivalent of having a blood alcohol limit of .1. That's two times the legal limit.
Frighteningly, most of us are getting so little sleep, the feeling has probably become the norm. The recommended amount is seven to eight hours, which gives your body enough time to wind down and refresh itself.
While some are able to survive on less, most of us can't. And there's an easy way to tell if you're sleep deprived - if it takes you less than five minutes to fall asleep once your head hits the pillow. The ideal duration is between 10 and 15 minutes, which means you're tired enough to reach deep sleep but not so exhausted you've felt sleepy all day.