We all know that sleep is important. But, we tend to sacrifice sleep, so we can complete our work or stay up to Netflix! It may seem like the work we do is important, or it may feel nice to have some time to catch up on shows. But what effect does less sleep have on us?
Not allowing yourself to have the adequate amount of sleep you should be getting means the chances of you getting insomnia increases. It also affects the way you regulate your emotions. When an individual feel exhausted during the day, they will not be able to perform their duties the way they should be performing. A student will not be able to concentrate in class and may perform badly in tests. An employee may make mistakes in his or her work and not ace their presentations. This will affect their self-esteem as they would begin to feel that they are not good enough and may have difficulties with doing simple tasks in their lives. This perpetual cycle will cause them to feel more stress and may eventually lead to anxiety and depression.
Most adults should get at least 8 hours of sleep every day. When someone sleeps for only 6 hours per day, that lack of sleep for 2 hours accumulates throughout the week. By the end of the work week, their body would function as if they are lacking a full day worth of sleep. Hence, it is crucial that your body gets the adequate amount of sleep it should every night.
There are a few things you could do to ensure you get a good nights’ sleep:
- Ensure you have a routine. Make sure you get in bed by a certain time every night and do not use mobile phones or tablets in bed.
- Make your room as comfortable as you can. You could try essential oils, comforter and extra pillows if you feel these will help you to feel more comfortable!
- Avoid any drinks with caffeine and alcohol!
- Exercise at least three times a week to ensure you have a healthy lifestyle! But, avoid exercising just before bedtime.
Having enough sleep every night will increase your focus and brighten your mood daily. You will feel more motivated at work and may even have the motivation to want to try new activities!