Despite regular reminders of the importance of a good night’s sleep, our collective sleep habits are getting worse. The problem has become so serious that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called insufficient sleep a public health epidemic.
In one extensive review study, children and adults with short sleep duration were 89% and 55% more likely to become obese, respectively.
Poor sleep affects hormones that regulate appetite. Those who get adequate sleep tend to eat fewer calories than those who don’t.
Good sleep can maximize problem-solving skills and enhance memory. Poor sleep has been shown to impair brain function.
Sleep has been shown to enhance athletic performance. In a study on basketball players, longer sleep was shown to significantly improve speed, accuracy, reaction times and mental well-being.
It’s known that sleep quality and duration can have a major effect on many health risk factors. These are the factors believed to drive chronic diseases, including heart disease. A review of 15 studies found that people who don’t get enough sleep are at far greater risk of heart disease or stroke than those who sleep 7–8 hours per night.
One of the best ways to change the way you sleep is to change the way you work. As the Harvard Business Review finds, sometimes less is more when it comes to productivity. It is not the total number of hours we log that counts, but the energy we bring to the hours we work. We are most effective when we alternate short bursts of intensive focus with periodic breaks.
Although a good night’s sleep might seem like a modest goal, it can be the cornerstone of a life well-lived.
This World Sleep Day, Allocacoc wants to propagate this social message to everyone that sleep is part of a broader challenge to be holistic in our approach to being our best in our professional and personal lives. Get a good sleep & work with enthusiasm & positive energy!