We hear a lot about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, yet with such busy lifestyles, we often neglect this advice as it can be difficult to have a full night’s sleep given the fact we are overstimulated and overworked to the point it’s difficult to switch off.
Once upon a time, bedtime was a time for rest. You might pick up a book and read for a little while before snuggling between the sheets and closing your eyes. Today, however, so many of us take our laptops, phones, and tablets into bed with us – where these bright lights dazzle our sensitive eyes and stimulate our brain to the point we subsequently find it very hard to switch off.
See, you can have the most comfortable memory foam mattress and hotel quality bed linen, yet, if your mind is too active to switch off it’s going to be really tricky to get a good night’s sleep. Similarly, if you are feeling stressed out about something that’s happening at work the next morning it can be difficult to allow yourself to sink into the deep level of sleep you require to replenish and recharge your batteries – as your brain is still switched on, making sure you don’t sleep in and miss the important event ahead of you.
WHY SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT
Ensuring you get enough quality sleep will not only optimize your state of physical health and energy levels but also your mental health – as it will lead to you being much better able to manage your emotions and remain calm throughout the day.
We all know, after a bad night’s sleep how grouchy and irritable we can feel. It’s therefore imperative for you (and those around you) that you are well rested, as this significantly improves your mood and how you relate with others.
That said, it’s not just quantity that counts, in fact, the quality of your sleep could prove even more important than the quantity.
Your body goes through a number of stages of sleep throughout the night, and in each level there’s a lot of work taking place behind the scenes – indeed, it’s similar to that of a phone being left to recharge; if it’s interrupted and is only charged to twenty percent, for instance, it will soon run out during the day and underperform.
The cumulative effects of not having enough sleep can compound over time and put physiological stress on vital organs and body systems that can cause chronic illness such as ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’, mental health problems, and even cancer.
It’s therefore imperative you start treating your need for a “good night’s sleep” seriously, as over time, not getting enough sleep can be seriously damaging to your health, and in the short-term, it makes people much grumpier and shorter fused, with less focus and concentration meaning they tend to underperform in all areas of their life — all due to a simple lack of not getting enough sleep each night.