With a fast tempo of life, sleeping is becoming a luxurious asset and we can rarely afford an optimal amount of rest. Staying productive with minimal hours of sleep is actually becoming a highly valuable skill and you can probably often hear brags about sleeping for just 5 hours per night. As in pregnancy your body won’t let you compromise your sleeping needs, the pressure of outer world can become harsh and you may even start to feel guilt for sleeping more than you used to.
I have good news for you. There is a proof that modern mindset about sleep deprivation is wrong also when it comes to getting things done.
Numerous studies have shown that a sufficient amount of sleep is necessary for our good health and high productivity. Constant deficit can lead to many problems, from diabetes to obesity, cancer and memory loss.
Just look at this cute infographic I have found at The Huffington Post. It perfectly sums what we are doing to ourselves by not acknowledging our needs for sleep.
Our bodies differ and therefore so do our needs for sleep. It is difficult to give common rule for the optimal amount of rest, but according to USA National Sleep Foundation an average adult should sleep at least 6-9 hours per night. You will get to know your optimal length of rest if you listen closely to your body. It will tell you with clears signs if the shortage gets too big.
When you do feel tired, first check if the deficit you feel is really in your body and not only in your mind. Try to change your mindset and instead of feeling drained try to feel energized when you wake up. Use positive bedtime affirmation and when you wake up be grateful for the hours you got for sleep instead of focusing on luck of it. If you will try this exercise for a few days in a role and will still feel drained, then you can be certain that your body needs more sleep.
If this is the case, it is necessary you start changing your sleeping habits.
First start acknowledging sleep as an important activity of your life. It helps you regenerate your body and the brains and it works like a fuel which gets you going through the day. With optimal length of sleep your productivity will excel, your level of stress will decrease, your whole well-being will improve, you will be stronger and more coordinated, you will remember things better, you will raise your creativity and your mood will sparkle.
It is a paradoxical fact that with more sleep you will probably finish your projects faster than if you will sacrifice sleep on behalf of more working hours on the same project.
See, its super fine that you sleep as much your body demands. If your energy is low and you don’t feel super powerful, it’s time you get rid of the old mindset and start improving you sleeping habits.
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