Race towards sleep deprivation
Have you heard people bragging about how little sleep they need and how it allows them to have more ”productive” time? Many people seem to attribute their success to their limited hours of sleep. To name a few, Margaret Thatcher claimed she managed to run the country on four hours of sleep a night and Theresa May on five to six hours. Trump joined the sleep deprivation race by revealing how he gets only three to five hours sleep a night.
Yet, as numerous studies have revealed, most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night and lack of sleep often comes at a high cost and even hampers our progress in the business world. Hence, whereas most people would think to sacrifice their sleep is a move towards success; it’s more or less counterproductive.
Don’t sacrifice your sleep
There are numerous consequences that come with sleep deprivation. Not only will you hamper the proper cognitive function, but you will affect your health. Below are a few of the consequences of the lack of sleep.
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Poor decision making and work performance
- Slow reaction time, which increases the likelihood of accidents both at work and at home
Sleep is a basic human need
Sleep is as essential as food and water to our bodies. According to scientists, ”it affects almost every part of our body – from the brain, heart, and lungs to metabolism, immune function, mood, and disease resistance”. The quality of our sleep affects how we function on a day to day basis. Below I highlight the top cognitive benefits that come with maintaining quality sleep.
- Enhanced learning ability: When we sleep, our brains remain active. This means that sleep is the avenue at which the brain develops and maintains new pathways that enable us to grasp new concepts faster and create new memories.
- Improved concentration and focus: The development of new pathways boosts our ability to concentrate and focus during the day. This increases our productivity and creativity, enabling us to think critically and solve problems adequately.
- Improved memory: Sleep allows the re-activation of old and new memories as well as the transfer of information from the working memory to the long term memory.
Celebrating a good night’s sleep
Smart business professionals understand the importance of sleep. If you are an entrepreneur, professional or perhaps even a property investor looking to make your big break, you need to care for your health. To us women, studies show that sleep is even more important due to our unique biological conditions such as the menstrual cycle. Such biological conditions influence our hormonal levels, and therefore; impacting our need for sleep and our day to day productiveness.
So now go to bed and get enough rest, and you’ll be surprised at how much more you can achieve during the day at work and home. And tomorrow, instead of wearing lack of sleep is like a badge of honour, let’s celebrate how well we have rested. I will be proud to tell the world that I sleep eight hours a night!
Good night, sleep tight!
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