I am maybe one of like five people I’ve ever known that probably gets slightly too much sleep. It’s always just something I’ve prioritized in my life and still do. Hell, I even write books about my precognitive dreams for fuck’s sake (which you can buy here). What’s funny is that devoid of all the metaphysical connotations regarding fringe shit like sex magick, at a base level people are probably just happier if they sleep, fuck, and meditate more. Exercise certainly helps.
Convenient how our capitalist religions sort of tell us to do the exact opposite of all that for the most part. They want us to have a tons of kids. What’s maybe the most dangerous thing to both your sleep and sex life? Probably kids. Wonder why everyone’s so miserable. Anyway, the source here is Men’s Health, but they’re referencing what I assume is more respectable research. Since it confirmed my bias I decided to run with it. (from Men’s Health):
“Ever think that you’d be so much happier if you were the guy driving down the street in a car that costs as much as someone’s house? Turns out, if you’re getting quality Zs and have a happy sex life, you’re the one winning, man. A new study has found the top indicators of happiness, and money doesn’t even hit the top five.
The study conducted by researchers from Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social Research in Great Britain, asked 8,250 people of varying backgrounds to fill out a 60-question survey to determine what it means to “live well.” The questions covered everything — from the state of an individual’s sleep quality, finances, and job security to their relationships with friends, family and their community. And the results? They weren’t what you’d expect.
The result was the creation of the Sainsbury’s Living Well Index, which generated a list of the top factors that separated the happiest 20 percent from everyone else. In order of biggest influence, sleep quality, sex life, job security, health of close relatives and chatting to neighbors were the top five factors that determined who was actually living well.
Some of these results should come as little surprise, since we already know how a bad sleep schedule affects your health, but the fact that money doesn’t rank at the top of the list might. In fact, according to Metro, researchers found that those who had good sleep and a sex life they were satisfied with (no, that doesn’t mean loads of sex; although tantra might help) had higher “living well” scores than those people with a high income.
The study found that income had very little impact on a person’s perception of well-being. In fact, a 50 percent increase in disposable income only led to a miniscule increase in a person’s “living well” score.
That’s not to say we should all just quit our jobs to have sex and sleep all day. Being unemployed, suffering from problems with physical and mental health, and lacking a strong support network were the top three factors that separated those who were struggling from feeling like they were living well. So while income may not be important, job security certainly is.
Read the rest over at Men’s Health, and yes, I can’t believe I just wrote that.