Many of us spend a considerable amount of our waking hours devoted to improving our careers, relationships, finances and health. However, we tend to neglect a very important component to enhancing all of these areas, and that is getting enough sleep.
Unfortunately, getting a good night’s sleep is usually the first to be cut out of our busy schedules. It seems to take a back seat to many other priorities throughout the day.
For example, it is not uncommon for many of us to work or study late at night, thereby using our sleep hours to meet our deadlines, daily agendas and social media commitments.
Ironically, lack of sleep actually makes us less efficient at improving our life, achieving our goals, and meeting our commitments.
When we are sleep deprived it can lead to a multitude of consequences such as:
- Lethargy at work
- Irritability and strained relationships
- Health deterioration and disease
- Poor judgment and decision making
- Slower reaction times and falling asleep at the wheel
- Decreased ability to learn
- Trouble retaining information
We all need proper rest in order to get rejuvenated.
While it may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial, we may not realize the full extent of its value. Studies have shown that getting sufficient sleep on a regular basis plays a vital role in promoting and contributing to:
- A lengthier life
- Improved health
- Emotional well-being
- Mood elevation
- Clearer thoughts
- Increased energy
- Better memory
- Improved stress management
This certainly is strong motivation to make sleep a top priority, and not allow ourselves to become sleep deprived.
Another component of sleep deprivation is the unhealthy sources of instant energy consumed in order to combat the lethargy we feel the next day. We often turn to drinking large amounts of coffee or other caffeinated beverages and eating extra sugar in order to get going and keep going.
Moderate amounts of these products can be enjoyable but excessive quantities can create other unpleasant issues.
Are you a good sleeper?
Try sticking to a regular bedtime each night for the next week, and see how much better you feel.