Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Many of us stay up extremely late and once we go to bed, we struggle with a racing mind. Is it possible that you really only get 17 minutes of deep sleep a night (even though you apparently still have an hour and a half of REM?)  In fact, a survey by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in 2005 revealed that 75 percent of adults had at least one symptom of a sleep problem and that 54 percent experienced at least one symptom of insomnia – they either cannot get to sleep or cannot maintain being asleep.

Office Sleep

  • People who have lack of sleep are more moody and irritable.
  • Your memory could be affected by the lack of sleep and you may face potential concentration problems.
  • Sleep deficiency also lead to lower efficiency and lower job performance.
  • There is a higher rate of accidents and injuries amongst sleep-deprived persons.
  • Marital and social problems could arise due to sleep deprivation.
  • Insufficient sleep can result in Obesity.
  • Sleep deprivation can lead to Diabetes.
  • Some sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea can be life-threatening.
  • Other consequences of poor sleep include Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure and Stroke.

Employers lose an estimated $63 billion on “presenteeism” when workers who haven’t gotten enough sleep show up to work and perform poorly. Sleeping well will change your entire life, especially your ability to focus.

Office Sleep II

Unlike the popular belief that sleeping more on the weekends can help sleep deprived people catch up on sleep, a new sleep study has shown that sleeping in on the weekends will make you sleepier come Monday morning.

In order to maintain the body’s internal clock, people should go to bed eight hours before their usual wake-up time. Many people have trouble with this, staying up later on Friday and Saturday nights, and choosing to sleep in on Saturdays and Sundays. When this pattern is combined with sleep-defeating action, like alcohol consumption, late-night social networking and emailing, it makes for a painful Monday morning.

Woman Sleep

Questioning how much sleep you are getting? You can measure your sleep stats and sleep with a band on your head so Zeo can keep track. The results might shock you. If this is you, decide to tackle the problem and solve it. If you determine you are not getting the sleep your body need, here’s some ideas that can work for you:

1) Exercise a lot. Physical exhaustion helps keep your brain and body in sync. When you start the day with a 5k, your energy level is high, you feel euphoric, you’re able to concentrate all day and you will drift off to sleep at night.

2) Keep track of to-do’s. Prioritizing your list into long and short term goals is extremely helpful. You can have a whole system for managing your list, and it takes a huge amount of stress away because you don’t have things popping into your head while you’re trying to fall asleep.

3) Worry less. Instead of worrying about things at night, remind yourself that with more sleep you’ll be able to work toward a solution or see things more clearly the next day.

4) Don’t watch movies or TV. If you watch any media before you go to bed, it peps you up and can give you weird dreams. Horror dreams are a guaranteed nightmare, if you can fall asleep at all, but even the slightest hint of action has a way of hijacking your brain.

5) Think big thoughts. This one might seem counterintuitive, but since you can’t just turn your brain off, give it something worth pondering that doesn’t focus on your daily concerns. The best thing to study at night, when you still have some energy at the end of the day, is science. Reading about exoplanets makes it easier to drift off later, and studying particle physics puts things in perspective.

Baby Sleep

Trying to lose weight or watch your weight?  You can lose three times more weight sleeping than lying awake in bed.

Sound too good to be true?  How can you burn more calories by sleeping?

If you sleep less than 6.5 hours of sleep at night, then you are more likely to gain weight because you will be hungrier and the hormone in charge of telling you when to stop eating won’t work so you won’t know when you are full.  Plus, lack of sleep slows down your metabolism.

So how does this work? Your brain is key.  When you go into a REM cycle of sleep, then you burn more calories than during any other cycle of sleep.  Plus, your core body temperature increases which helps you to burn more fat as well. You can burn 150 more calories by sleeping an extra hour each night, which comes out to be a total weight loss of 14 pounds over a year.

 

 

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