I find it incredibly crucial to educate my clients on the importance of quality sleep. It is one of the most important functions that affect our lives and our daily successes. There is a good reason that sleeping in on the weekends is considered a special treat! Unfortunately, sleep seems to be one of the first necessities to be sacrificed when daily stresses mount or you are faced with important deadlines. However, skipping sleep is actually the most counterproductive decision you can make. Here are five reasons why you need to get more quality sleep.
- YOU WILL PERFORM BETTER
Multiple studies support the argument that positive, quality work performance can often be directly linked to high-quality, tried and true sleep habits. A good night’s sleep supports maintaining a positive, calm environment for you and those around you, helping your brain to function more efficiently.
TIP: Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly.
- YOU WILL STAY CALMER UNDER PRESSURE
Have you ever noticed that you have less patience when you are sleep deprived? A well-rested mind is always more confident and can handle more stressful situations with ease. A proper nights’ sleep will help you tackle unexpected stresses that arise throughout the day.
TIP: Have a consistent bedtime routine.
- YOU WILL DRAW POSITIVE PEOPLE TOWARD YOU
Turns out, well-rested people are perceived as more likable and charismatic. When you are well-rested, you have a more positive outlook on life, which draws like-minded, positive people to you.
TIP: Keep your bedroom cool and dark to avoid distractions from overheating or outside lights.
- YOU WILL PROCESS INFORMATION BETTER
Sleep helps to successfully embed information into your long-term memory. Resting before important meetings or presentations will help you perform with confidence. While sometimes nerves could convince you to skip sleep and work more, it is much more beneficial to put the work aside as bedtime approaches, and let your unconscious do its job.
TIP: Use a soothing sound machine or noise maker to mimic ocean waves or white noise to drown out disruptive noises from outside the home or bedroom.
- YOU WILL BE SHARPER
Sleep greatly improves mental recall and problem-solving. By getting a quality night’s sleep, you will perform exponentially better the next day. Knowing when it’s time to call it a night and go to bed will make a big difference in your mental clarity the next day.
TIP: Use soothing scents to help the mind and body relax. Lavender essential oil is known to help improve relaxation and quality of sleep.To find out more ways you can support your health, contact Susan Cancian CHHC, AADP to set up an initial Health Coaching Consultation.