We’ve all heard of the importance of sleep, to rest and repair, restore and rejuvenate.
But how much do we truly recognize the impact sleep has, and follow the oft-repeated advice?
Did you know…?
- Sleep deprivation affects practically every aspect of our mental and physical health and performance.
- “Sleep deprivation negatively impacts our mood, our ability to focus, and our ability to access higher-level cognitive functions.”
- “Nothing kills creativity, intuition and originality faster than sleep deprivation and burnout.” (I highly recommend this article by Arianna Huffington, where these quotes are explained in more depth)
- Inadequate sleep is associated with weight gain due to the inability to properly recognize hunger/fullness signals.
- Lack of sleep also contributes to immune, adrenal, and liver issues.
- Sleep is key to rebuilding and repairing muscle (and if you don’t rebuild and repair muscles, your workout isn’t gaining you any strength!)
- Sleep is also a key factor in the mid-afternoon energy crash. (see my book on Amazon)
With the change in the seasons, here in North America it’s getting bright earlier and the days are getting longer.
Since the light is coming into my room earlier, I’m finding it difficult to sleep even until my alarm goes off, thus short-changing my sleeping hours. And its affecting my productivity 🙁
But I have a plan because…
I’ve noticed a certain pattern emerging for me and my sleep habits: in the summer I sleep less at night, but often try to make up those hours with a brief afternoon nap. Whereas, in the winter, naps are unheard of for me, as I sleep a full 8-9 hours at night.
This is me honoring my body and my natural rhythm that changes with the seasons.
In the comments below, tell us:
- How do you honor your body and its rhythms?
- Do you notice changes in your energy, focus, mood, or eating habits resulting from your sleeping patterns?
If you find yourself dozing off mid-afternoon, let me suggest a nap. 🙂
Or grab my book, Your Mid-Afternoon Energy Crash and What You Can Do About It, on Amazon for dozens more ways to stabilize your energy, and maintain focus and productivity.
Kindle version available now, print version will be ready for purchase within the next 60 days. If you don’t have a Kindle reader and don’t want to wait for the print edition, a Kindle reader app is available for any device; search for it on the Apple Store, Google Play. There’s even a browser plugin, if you prefer to read on your computer.
Honor yourself, your rhythms, and make sure you’re sleeping enough.