You know how it feels. You wake up and aim to hit your day with energy and enthusiasm, but some days it’s a battle just to get up to the alarm or even think about your to do list and the tasks you must complete.
The urgent tasks and drains on our time affect the amount of sleep we have. The impact is from not just the sleep we lose, but the effects this loss has on our physiology and brain function.
We already know when we lose sleep, the day is harder. But do we really take to heart the impacts of losing even just a little sleep each night over time?
That extra hour of TV, or the late night preparation for the next day, is taking more of a toll on our bodies, minds and relationships than we realise.
When we answer the temptation to do a bit of paperwork before bed, or scroll our LinkedIn feed, we drag out our sleep time and this impacts how effective we are the next day.
Research shows, lack of sleep increases our stress and depletes our success .
In his book ‘Free to Focus’ , Michael Hyatt states a statistic that most Americans get less than 7 hours sleep per night. He states; “ we treat the pillow like an enemy of productivity, but skipping sleep ultimately hurts our work”.
In other words, we need sleep to be successful at work and in life.
I encourage you to plan your sleep and recovery so you can work less and succeed in reaching your goals, without the drain that comes from fatigue.
Your schedule, work shifts and roles may be quite different to mine and I understand this will vary between people. For example, shift work is a harder one to plan around and messes with the body clock. This means day sleeps and recovery are crucial with a bit of self compassion added to it.
We often plan our lives and work for success, where rest is reading a good book or watching TV.
It feels like a waste of time when we take 7, 8 or 9 hours out of our packed 24 hours to sleep, but it’s worth it.
(The above three points are taken from reference  below)
So let’s get on with it and see sleep for what is is; just as crucial as water, air and love for building our best lives. We may last for less time without air, but chronic lack of sleep is a slow air leak for our brains, bodies and success.
The study referenced throughout this article looked at the impact of 24 hour work shifts on medical residents in three domains;
They found deterioration in all three areas after just 24 hours of sleep deprivation.
With a plan for sleep, we are our best selves at work and home because we halt these negative impacts of poor sleep.
 Morales J, Yáñez A, Fernández-González L, Montesinos-Magraner L, Marco-Ahulló A, et al. (2019) Stress and autonomic response to sleep deprivation in medical residents: A comparative cross-sectional study. PLOS ONE 14(4): e0214858. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0214858
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I’m the creator of Minutes to Happy and your go-to counsellor and wellness coaching companion.
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