Why sleep is so important

Sleeping at work
Rested – Ready for the week?

Apparently it is a little known secret that sleep is critical, not just for beauty rest, but for plenty of health reasons; not least of which is that getting enough sleep helps us perform better in our jobs!

Doing things that are not really relevant
Sadly it has become acceptable and even encouraged in business today to ‘stay busy’. Nature cycles and human beings are a part of this nature. When we disrupt our natural sleep cycles in favour of ‘getting more done,’ we actually become less effective. Typically, because we don’t take time to reflect on what is purposeful and important to us, we often find ourselves doing things that are not really relevant to our own aims, goals and desires

Are some of you thinking, ‘what aims, goals and desires?’ There are an awful lot of people out there that have lost sight of what is truly important to them.

To-do lists good or bad?
As a trainer of “time management” I advocate ‘to-do lists’ but I don’t advocate becoming addicted to them! For many they have become addicted to ‘to-do’ lists without holding a clear endgame goal in mind. This is energetically inefficient and physically draining. There’s typically no passion in this and thus it becomes no more than hard work instead of enjoyable. It can also take much longer to do, when we are not focused.

De-valuing self-nurturance
Also, because many business cultures tend to de-value self-nurturance, play, and creative relaxing pursuits, many people feel guilty or invalidated by those around them, when they attempt to live with more work vs. life balance.

Be courageous – create space
It takes courage and vision to create space in your life, so that you can stay healthy in spirit, mind and body. It takes courage to listen to your heart above the noise of the many distractions vying for your attention and money. And it will take courage and focused attention to slow down in the evening, early enough to get your mind and body prepared to go to sleep at a decent hour. On average, it is aid that we need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.

What are the benefits of sleep?
1. Improved memory: sleep helps to integrate learning. Greater focus and concentration improves with a good night’s sleep.

2. Stress reduction: sleep restores the body and mind and helps to balance well-being. When we are too stressed, it may be more difficult to sleep at night and this can become a vicious cycle. When we don’t get enough sleep, it makes it more difficult to deal with stress.

3. Bodily healing and rejuvenation: sleep reduces inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is associated with heart attack, stroke, premature aging, diabetes and arthritis

Don’t be short-sighted
Life is not a sprint, it is a long-distance journey. It is short-sighted to abuse your mind and body, as in the long run. Stress and lack of sleep not only makes you less productive, it can accelerate the aging process and even contribute to other diseases. Be wise. Be courageous. Take good care of yourself and expand the vision for your life – with purpose.

Manage your time better
Sleep should not be regarded as a luxury; is a means of rejuvenating your mind and body in readiness for the workload ahead. So make sure that you get enough rest and relaxation time in order to performance your job better!

If you would like to learn more about how to manage your stress, time and workloads better then please contact us.
Trisha Proud
Partners in Solutions Ltd

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  • Jodi Goldman  On June 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    great article Trisha. I totally agree – sleep is so important for feeling on top form and getting thoughts in order. Not to mention being objective. I’m more emotional when I’m tired!

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