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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For a Good Night’s Sleep Here Are 20 Facts

Want a Good Night’s Sleep Here are 20 Facts

Sleep is one of the great mysteries of life.  A good night’s sleep is one of the cornerstones of health.  Six to Eight hours per night seems to be the optimal amount of sleep for most adults.  Too much or too little can have adverse effects on your health.  If you want a good night’s sleep here are 20 facts.

Optimizing Your Sleep

Good NIght's Sleep
Good Night’s Sleep
  • Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible. Even the glow from your clock radio could be interfering with your sleep.
  • Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis.
  • More than eight in ten people think that people often or sometimes misuse prescription sleep aids.
  • Some studies show the use of melatonin shortens the time it takes to fall asleep and reduce the number of awakenings.
  • One of the primary causes of excessive sleepiness among Americans is self-imposed sleep deprivation.
  • People who don’t sleep enough are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (the appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase.
  • A seasonal disorder is believed to be influenced by the changing patterns of light and darkness that occur with the approach of winter.
  • Wind down and relax before going to bed. Try to go over the day’s activities and work out a plan of action for the next day.  Do not exercise too late in the evening.

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Want A Good Nights Sleep? Try These Healthy Sleep Habits

Want A Good Nights Sleep? Try These Healthy Sleep Habits

We all know the perils of financial debt, but did you know that you can build up debt of sleep also?  Getting shortchanged occasionally on your sleep is no a serious problem, but when it happens night after night, you  build up a backlog of needed sleep.  This sleep debt can affect your mood, health and safety.  If you want a good nights sleep, try these healthy sleep habits.

The average person needs around eight and one-half hours of sleep every night.  You might need a little less or a little more, but you need this sleep every day,  just like you need water and oxygen. Losing just one hour of sleep per day builds up a “sleep debt”.

It’s not just the quantity of sleep that you need, it’s also the quality of sleep.  You need a certain amount of deep sleep.  During the deepest stages of sleep, your body releases growth hormone to stimulate tissue repair and regeneration. This means that if you don’t get enough good quality sleep, it will adversely affect your physical health. Read More