The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

Everywhere I go these days I see people who are sleep deprived and running on very low battery levels. Did you know that sleep is the most underrated health

habit and also the most under rated productivity tool?

You see, if you don’t get enough sleep, it is not possible to function at your best and

stay on top of things.

The research findings are astounding.

o One good nights sleep can improve your cognitive scores by 20%

o Those people who get more than the minimum sleep, increase the volume

of the grey matter which is linked to improved psychological health and

cognitive ability

o One night of insufficient sleep can lead to 20% more mistakes and tasks

taking 14% longer

o Poor sleep is associated with increased stress levels, greater risk of heart

disease and diabetes.

o Sleep deprivation negatively impacts your mood ability to focus and your

ability to access high cognitive function

o Poor or interrupted sleep affects our ability to put down and recall memories

It all adds up to sleep being vital for your welfare and productivity. With a good

nights sleep not only do you feel better, you are able to cope with stress more

effectively and you get more done.

But how much is enough?

The National Sleep Foundation recommends a minimum of 7-9 hours of sleep per

night for individuals aged between 35 and 55.

o So are you getting enough sleep? What about last night?

o How much sleep do you typically get?

If you are not getting the sleep you need, you are depriving your body and brain

and diminishing your ability to function at your best, and worst still you are saving

up problems for your future.

But how do you change your Sleep routine?

o Keep a Sleep log to track the no. of hours sleep you are getting. If less than

the recommended minimum, plan when & how you are going to catch up.

o Set an alarm for when you will to go to bed in order to get your 7+ hours

o Create a routine for slowing down your body and brain before going to sleep,

o No screens 30 mins before bedtime (blue light interrupts Melatonin)

o Make wise choices – sport tv/late night movie or productive day?

o Take naps if you can

Sleep your way to the top

Why wait for death? Eulogise the living and better still consider your own legacy!

Why wait for death? Eulogise the living and better still consider your own legacy!

I read in the paper today of a company in New York that is wanting ‘to create a movement that encourages people to not wait until it’s too late to tell the ones they care about how they feel’. Instead of a card or email, birthday boys and girls receive a video where friends and relatives offer the kind of emotional tributes that they might otherwise reserve for a funeral.

It reminded me of my mothers 80th birthday celebration recently when I was lucky enough to be saying a few words. I decided that I wanted my Mum to know what difference she had made in people’s lives and what they valued and respected about her. I didn’t want to leave these words unsaid until her eulogy. (more…)

10 tips to keep your brain healthy

10 tips to keep your brain healthy

If you are like most of the people I see in the City you probably find yourself, rushing from one thing to the next with no time to think.

Maybe you’re worried about dropping a ball or not doing your job well and being found out.

Perhaps you have good intentions at the beginning of the day to go to the gym but by the end of the day you’re just exhausted, head home, flop in front of the TV with a glass of something in your hand. Every day seems to be the same.

You have too much on your plate and just haven’t got enough time to get it all done.

If any of this rings true for you, you’re typical of many of my clients. (more…)