Life isn’t all fun and games – but we still want to feel like we’re winning.
And while there’s all sorts of tips, tricks, hints, hacks and lists around to help you succeed and achieve, it’s important to get the basics right first.
Bear with us a moment – we know it’s not the sparkly, exciting answer you were expecting. But we’re serious.
There’s no longer a Guinness World Record given out for the longest period without sleep. Why? Because today it’s considered too dangerous to forgo sleep (keep in mind that they still track things like the deepest free dive and the most cockroaches eaten in a minute!)
So what makes sleep so important?
Here’s the top ways that sleep can determine whether you succeed or struggle:
Staying up an hour later or getting up extra early may seem like you’re cramming more into the day. But if you’re not getting enough sleep these extra hours aren’t making you more productive, in fact it can be quite the opposite. Sleep deprivation can make you feel anxious, depressed or moody. You may also have trouble focusing, paying attention, learning and remembering, all of which prevent you from performing at your best.
A recent study by Harvard Medical School shows that 30% of office workers in the US aren’t getting enough sleep to perform at their best – and that this reduced performance equates to 8.4 minutes in every hour of completely wasted time.
That’s more than an hour of staring out the window, ‘zoning out’ during a meeting or blankly looking at your computer screen – all because your body’s just too tired to focus.
There’s a reason they call it ‘beauty sleep’ (and why you look awful when you’re tired).
Sleep is the body’s most effective way to heal itself – without it, the entire body deteriorates quickly. When you’re sleeping, the body absorbs nutrients and amino acids at a rapid pace to repair and rejuvenate. You look older and function worse because your cells are depleted.
Sleep is fundamental for your immune system and overall health.
Some studies show that even low levels of sleep deprivation can reduce your white blood cells, which are part of your defence against infections and viruses. If you’re unwell, you’re unable to function at your best. In fact, if you skip sleep and end up getting sick, you’ll need to more than make up for what you missed in order to recover!
So if you’re aiming to better yourself personally and professionally (and you clicked on this article, so lets assume so) achieving great sleep health helps take care of all the rest.
A good place to start is to check you’re sleeping on the right bed.
- Do you wake up feeling tired, stiff or sore?
- Are there visible signs of wear and tear on your mattress?
- Does your mattress ever feel uncomfortable?
- Is your mattress more than 10 years old?
- If you spend a night away from home – for example, in a hotel – do you notice that you sleep better?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it might be time to think about replacing your bed.
Have a chat to the friendly, experienced staff in-store at your local Beds R Us. After discussing your needs, they’ll help match you to your perfect bed. Then the rest is up to you – going to bed on time, eating well, keeping your devices out of your bedroom, keeping regular hours – all the basics.
Best of all, if you’re not happy with your new mattress once you take it home, many models can be exchanged free. Sometimes it takes a real night’s rest – not just lying in-store – to know for sure that you’ll wake up ready for a winner of a day.