Sleep is the Key Ingredient for Productivity
We’ve all been there; you’ve had a busy day, probably the busiest one of the month. The only thing that seems to be making progress is the hour hand on the clock. You’re close to finishing up, and the work can be done in an hour or two, but let’s be honest its way past your desired bedtime. So, the lifelong question arises, should you stay up and get the work done, or call it a night and get it done tomorrow? However, knowing what you will at the end of this post, you will find out that getting those extras hours of sleep will eliminate serious consequences that can happen down the road.
- When you’re tired, you can’t retain information. A lesson that I learned back in my college days, late night study sessions or all-nighters never work out for the greater good. Suffering from sleep deprivation impairs your attention and memory. Now what does that mean? It means that you have to repeat a task several times when it could have taken one effort to get it done.
- When you’re drained, your mood sways. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood and can decrease your emotional tolerance and increase your irritability. Studies show that losing hours of sleep on a consistent basis can lead to depression and anxiety disorders.
- Zero sleep = zero judgement. Losing sleep impairs your ability to make the right decisions. Sleep, released a publication showing that lack of sleep leads to decreasing, if not eliminating, your judgmental skills. People who partook of this study weren’t able to effectively resolve problems and had delayed response times in decision making.
- Sleep deprivation lowers your chances of handling stress. When you decide to spend extra hours awake, your mental strength also goes with those necessary hours that you needed for sleep. The ability to deal with negative occurrences has gone right out the window with the hours of sleep that you threw away.
If you have a late night here or there, it’s perfectly fine and you can recover from it without breaking a sweat. However, making it a regular habit can create a debt that won’t be repayable. Allowing yourself as a whole to operate on all cylinders, make it your sole duty to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep.