It’s midnight. You’ve had a long day, but have the urge to stay awake for a little bit longer and watch another episode on Netflix or have another beer. You check your watch – you still have 6 hours until you have to wake up. You think that you can still function effectively on 5 hours of sleep, so you decide to stay awake for a little bit longer. The next morning, you wake up after 5 (more like 4) hours of sleep and feel absolutely exhausted. You want to go back to bed but need to get to work. So, you shower, brew some extra strength coffee and head to work.
If so, you might not be realizing it, but you’re significantly hurting your health and your performance at work. Sleeping is, by far, one of the best ways to recharge your body and reenergize yourself. Sleep does so much more than that though – here are some reasons why you need to get a good night’s sleep (8 hours!)
Sleep is a stress preventative
Yes, there are such things as stress hormones…and your body will produce them in greater quantities if it doesn’t get enough sleep and is being overworked. Sleeping won’t take all your work stress away, but it will significantly reduce it to a less debilitating state.
Sleep aids in lowering blood pressure
Those who work in business (particularly those who work in sales) experience high levels of stress in an uncertain world where missing a quota means not getting paid or getting fired. Blood pressure can be a big problem for a lot of people – a great way to help control it is to simply get more sleep.
Sleep helps stimulate memory
When you sleep, your brain is doing more than just sitting there. It’s hard at work, reorganizing and storing memories. It helps in having a clear mind when you wake up. Just by sleeping more, the brain can help improve its own memory. With the crazy schedule that everyone has nowadays, having a clear memory and not feeling “fuzzy” is crucial.
Sleep enables you to have a strong immune system
While you sleep, your body is producing proteins that help fight against infections and other foreign threats. That’s why doctors always recommend plenty of sleep to help fight the common cold. By not getting enough sleep, your body’s protection will weaken, and your chances of getting sick increase… and everyone knows it sucks to work while sick.
Sleep helps with heart health
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. That’s a pretty frightening statement to a lot of people because so much is still unknown on how to treat/prevent these diseases. As far as science knows, it has a lot to do with your diet, activity, genetics, and stress levels. By sleeping more, you will lower those stress hormones, which will help ease any cardio inflammation. This is self-explanatory as to why it’s important.
Sleep helps improve your mood
We all know how much a mood can impact a day. When you’re in a good mood and something bad happens, you can see the bright side in things. However, if you’re in a bad mood, you’ll focus on all the negatives. This will bring those stress levels back up. Simply by getting more sleep, you are increasing your likelihood of your mood being significantly better the next day. People do business with those that they like, so being in a good mood is critical for working with others.
Working in the business world can be mentally draining. The daily onslaught of meetings, presentations, and reports can be extremely taxing to the mind. Sleeping is your body’s natural way of healing itself after a rough day. Staying awake and playing Xbox all night won’t help you, but a good night’s sleep certainly will.
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Author: Jason Karaman
Hello! I’m a marketing, sales, and customer service author, blogger and doer. I live in the South Carolina Lowcountry with my wife. I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, kayaking, and all things beach. For media inquiries, send an email to JasonKaraman@ExpertCaller.com