It can be easy to stay up later than you should, even when you know the next morning might be rough. Most adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night to function at their best, but many of us aren’t getting nearly that. If you’re not getting the sustained, restful sleep your body needs, it could be interfering with your success.
Poor sleep can lead to more than just miserable mornings, it can hinder your success. Sleeping less than seven hours each night can cause memory problems, and even impairment comparable to being drunk. Prep yourself for success by increasing your chances of getting good sleep: Limit Internet and television use before bed, avoid alcohol and be smart about late-night snacks. Get the details on how success starts in bed in the full article.
Improve Your Success by Improving Your Time Spent in Bed.
Lack of Sleep Messes with Your Memory
Sleep and dreaming remain mostly unexplained by science, but researchers have found a clear connection between different stages of sleep, including REM, and memory. According to recent studies, dreaming is essential to sorting and storing what you learn during your waking hours. When you go without dreaming, your brain isn’t able to move short-term memories into long-term storage, and this leads to memory problems. Without a working memory, you can’t process new information or learn new skills, which could keep you from growing as a professional.
A Sleep-Deprived Brain Can Stall Out
According to research conducted between the University of Los Angeles, California and Tel Aviv University in Israel, sleep deprivation can cause lapses in neuron communication. This can cause parts of the brain to stall out for moments at a time, almost like it’s attempting to sneak in precious seconds of sleep while the rest of you appears awake. Sleep-deprived drivers can be just as impaired as those who are drunk, and the results can be just as catastrophic. Consider how this also translates to work performance. Would you ever consider clocking in drunk?
Begin in Bed
As tempting as it may be to veg out on your phone or tablet, those and other sources of blue light can delay your brain’s release of melatonin. This can make it difficult, if not impossible, to fall asleep, so turn off anything with a backlit screen at least a half hour before you go to bed.
Regular alcohol consumption and eating too much too close to bedtime can also affect your ability to fall (or stay) asleep. Sugary foods, especially in large amounts, can cause spikes in blood sugar, leading to headaches, sluggishness and poor mood. A small snack before bed may actually help you sleep, but only as long as you keep it at around 200 calories and limit the carbs and sugars.
Sleep is as vital to your health and wellbeing as food and water, and just because you think you’re functioning on four or five hours doesn’t mean you actually are. Try improving your sleep quality and see what else in your life improves. It might be your first step toward success.
~Here’s to Your Success.