Everyone knows how important sleep is, yet not many people really get a full night's rest every night of the week. In fact, The National Sleep Foundation did a poll in 2005 which showed that Americans get less than 6.9 hours of sleep per night. This has a negative impact on their on productiveness and health. Most people stay up into the wee hours of the night trying to catch up on paper work, reading or doing household chores that they couldn't otherwise find time for, trying to do too much every day. The idea is to accomplish more in a 24-hour period, but that is not necessarily the way it is. Not getting enough sleep is a surefire way to lower production. Have you ever noticed how cranky a child gets when he doesn't get enough sleep? You can read the signs immediately and try to force them to take a nap or go to bed early that night to fix the problem. Adults aren't that different. They get just as cranky when not getting enough sleep. Everyone needs that time to reboot and feel refreshed. Just consider what college kids do to themselves by cramming for their finals. They stay up late in an attempt to make the most of their time, but in the process, they set themselves up for failure by being overly tired, irritable and having poor memory. Short-term sleep loss has some immediate effects. You may feel irritable, be accident prone, lack productivity, feel weak and be prone to headaches. Losing just one and a half hours of sleep per night causes slower work pace and impaired alertness, reducing the ability to problem solve and think clearly. However, over time, the effects of lack of sleep become more serious. It goes beyond affecting how well you perform at school or work and starts affecting your health and overall quality of life. The impact of not getting enough sleep can mean weight gain, poor metabolism, diabetes, heart disease and finding yourself in an early grave. Getting more sleep can improve your life in many ways. You may experience a improved memory, improved health, more energy, improved productivity, increased metabolism, and a longer life expectancy. To get more sleep and reduce the effect poor sleep has on productivity, you could start a routine and maintain it, keep TVs and computers out of the bedroom, regularly exercise, avoid overeating before bed and limit drinks before bed.
December 9, 2014