Blog post – 5th July 2019 –
Updated on 30th July 2021
Do you know why great quality of life and sufficient sleep go hand in hand?
By Renata Taylor-Byrne (Copyright 2019)
Some people, like Donald Trump, denigrate the value of sleep, and try to get by with five hours per night. But more developed minds take a very different view: For example, Warren Buffet has said:
“When forced to choose, I will not trade even one night’s sleep for the chance of extra profit.”
The good news I want to remind you of, (which you may not be aware of), is that there are some wonderful, strengthening things that happen to your body and mind when you have sufficient sleep:
It keeps your weight down and reduces cravings for food.
It improves your memory and makes you more creative.
It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke.
It protects you from dementia and cancer.
It makes you look more attractive.
It helps you protect yourself from colds and flu.
You feel happier and less depressed and anxious.
But where’s the evidence? you might ask.
And my reply is this, taken from Matthew Walker – (Why We Sleep, 2017) – who has been researching sleep for over twenty years:
“The evidence supporting these claims (above) has been documented in more than 17,000 well-scrutinised scientific reports to date.”
And here’s the bad news: if you don’t take your sleep needs seriously, then here are some of the negative consequences of insufficient sleep:
Your emotional intelligence plummets, as does your ability to have empathy for others. Furthermore the motivation levels of employees are reduced by sleep-deprived managers.
Your appetite and weight level increases.
Your immune system is weakened.
Cardio-vascular health is very negatively affected.
Emotions fluctuate. With lack of sleep, your prefrontal cortex (or conscious brain-mind) stops working effectively, and you become more emotionally volatile, making rash choices and irrational decisions.
Moments of absolute unconsciousness (called ‘Micro-sleeps’) take place, whether you are driving or standing still; or operating machinery; creating dangers for yourself and others.
Your ability to memorize new information plummets.
For more information on the vital importance of having sufficient sleep, and how to obtain it, please follow this link: https://abc-bookstore.com/sleep-better-feel-better/
That’s all for now.
I hope you find this helpful, and have a good night’s sleep! 🙂
Coach-Counsellor, at ABC Coaching and Counselling Services.
Telephone: 01422 843 629 (UK: +44)