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Work and Play AND Sleep?

18 Jul

It’s Friday night and you’re looking forward to going out and letting loose. There’s just one problem: you’re exhausted from working all week. What do you do? Take a quick nap? Drink an energy drink? Forego your night and slip on your jammies?

Work hard, play hard, sleep hard.  Ah, the virtues of hard-work counterbalanced by our focus on play. Of course, nowhere in this phrase does sleep play a role, although, it definitely should.

According to a study conducted by the independent, nonprofit organization, National Sleep Foundation, working too much and sleeping too little takes a serious toll on the professional and personal lives of many people.

The report also found that workdays mean less sleep for a high percentage of individuals.

Polls showed that 33 percent of consumers (the largest percent), are getting anywhere from 6 to less than 7 hours of sleep on workdays, with a similar percentage, 30 percent, getting seven to less than eight hours of sleep. Meanwhile, the average number of hours slept per weekday was 6 hours and 44 minutes!

“Studies show that habitually getting inadequate sleep — less than seven or eight hours of sleep each night –- creates long-lasting changes to one’s ability to think and function well during the day,” said Thomas J. Balkin, PhD, co-chair of the poll task force and NSF vice chair. “These negative effects can accrue slowly over weeks, months, and even years of inadequate sleep habits and cannot simply be reversed by a few nights of good sleep.”

The National Sleep Foundation says that in order to survive in today’s fast-paced world, many people say they use a variety of coping methods when getting an inadequate amount of sleep.

  • 84 percent say that they just accept it and keep going;
  • 58 percent of respondents say they consume caffeinated beverages;
  • 38 percent say they choose foods high in sugar and carbohydrates;
  • 37 percent say they will later take a nap;
  • And, 5 percent take alerting medications.

So what’s the solution? The answer is easy: get more sleep! But for many people, fitting sleep into their busy lives is often a burden.  That’s why it’s important to realign your schedule during the day: running errands on your lunch break, making dinner earlier or just simply organizing yourself are all ways to get to get to sleep earlier. Of course, I should mention that buying a new, comfortable mattress helps, too!

The reality is, you need sleep to be productive. Don’t let your professional and personal life suffer due to bad management skills. Figure it out, get more sleep and enjoy your life.

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