Your Productivity May Suffer by Losing THIS Much Sleep!

How Important Is A Good Night’s Sleep and Your Productivity?

Everything, including your stress response and hormones that control your appetite and regulate your mood are connected to adequate sleep.  What’s more every minute counts according to a new study published by Sleep health (Journal of National Sleep Foundation).  This study exposed the fact that just 16 minutes of sleep can negatively affect your productivity.

Sleep for Productivity
Sleep for Productivity

Soomi Lee, PhD. Assistant professor in the School of Aging Studies, and her colleagues, found that when 130 mid-aged participants slept just 16 fewer minutes, resulted in less effective cognitive issues the next day.   “These cyclical associations reflect that employees’ sleep is vulnerable to daily cognitive stress and also a contributor to cognitively stressful experiences,” said Lee.

Shorter sleep duration, or poorer sleep quality, experienced more cognitive challenges. Findings from this study provide substantial evidence for why workplaces need to make more efforts to promote their employees’ sleep. Good sleepers may be better performers at work due to greater ability to stay focused and on task with fewer errors and interpersonal conflicts.

Are Enough Sleep and Regular Bedtimes Necessary?

This study clearly demonstrates that getting enough sleep and regular bedtimes is essential to having a healthy life style.   Those people with irregular bedtimes, tend to have worse cardiovascular health and a slower metabolism, than those who have a consistent bedtime.

In conclusion, if you are frequently tired, have gained a little weight and experience brain fog are potentially sleep deprived. In addition, if your emotions are out of control, you catch yourself nodding off during the day and experience frequent bouts of illness, sleep could be the culprit.

Our modern life-style may contribute to a disrupted sleep pattern that can impact your health.  Your circadian clock controls your daily cycle of sleep and wakefulness by inhibiting and exciting different parts of your brain.  An irregular sleep pattern could be causing stress to your body.

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Could You Be Sleep Deprived?

Could You Be Sleep Deprived?

Are you always tired?  If your answer is yes, then we can assume that you are not getting enough sleep. Although there are other signs that may not be as obvious.

Sleep Deprived
Sleep Deprived

These are More Signs That Your Sleep Needs Revamping

You’ve Gained Weight

A lack of sleep promotes metabolic dysfunction that fuels weight gain.  Losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep a night can disrupt your metabolism enough to cause weight gain.

Your Memory Fails You.

The process of brain growth, or neuroplasticity, is believed to underlie your brain’s capacity to control behavior that includes learning and memory.  Synaptic plasticity plays a large role in learning and memory in the brain.  These connections are strengthened while you sleep, so being sleep deprived interferes with these processes.

Your Reaction Time Slows

Researchers have determined that sleep deprivation is particularly problematic for decision-making.  Some of these include decisions for uncertain and unexpected change  affected while you are driving or on the job. Read More

Disrupted Circadian Rhythm Can Make You Hungrier and Forgetful

 Your Circadian Rhythm Can Make You Hungrier and Forgetful

As you probably know, the physiological functions of virtually all organisms are governed by 24-hour circadian rhythms.  The modern, round-the-clock lifestyle, made possible by electric lighting, could disrupt your circadian rhythm  and interfere with leaning abilities.  Your lack of sleep due to an over loaded calendar, e-mail, web surfing and TV could take a toll on your health whether you realize it or not.  This is a  surefire way to dysregulate your circadian rhythm.  This can contribute to a whole host of chronic health problems, since your circadian system “drives” the biological activity at the cellular level.  Disruptions can cascade outward throughout your entire body.

Circadian Rhythm
Circadian Rhythm

Disrupted Sleep Patterns Can Impact Your Health

Your circadian clock influences :

Short term memory-Your circadian clock controls your daily cycle of sleep and wakefulness by alternately inhibiting  and exciting different parts of your brain through regulating the release of certain neurotransmitters.  This part of your brain is known as the hippocampus. This must be excited in order for the things you learn to be organized in such a way that you’ll remember them later. If your internal clock isn’t functioning properly, it causes the release of too much GABA.  Excess GABA can lead to short term memory loss and inability to retain new information. Read More