National Sleep Awareness Week is March 7-13, 2014
We all heard it growing up. You need to get a good night’s sleep. Want to win the big game tomorrow? Get a good night’s sleep. Want to ace that test tomorrow? Get a good night’s sleep. Want to deliver a killer presentation to your boss tomorrow? Get a good night’s sleep. But it’s true. The amount of sleep we get a night really does have an effect on how we’ll behave the following day. As adults, the average number of hours we should be sleeping on a daily basis is 7-9 hours, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
So what happens if you don’t get as much sleep as you should? According to a WebMD Feature, not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can reduce your attention and concentration, making it difficult to focus. It can also affect your decision-making abilities and your reaction times. And, not getting enough sleep can affect your memory. Obviously none of these are going to make you very productive at work and in the end, you could even be hurting yourself and your team.
This year National Sleep Awareness Week is March 7-13. And this weekend we’re resetting our clocks. The National Sleep Foundation says that it’s also a great time to reset our sleep habits as well. Their website provides some good tips to follow to maintain a good sleep regimen, including:
- Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends.
- Only use your bedroom for sleep. This will help you strengthen the association between your bed and sleep.
- Select a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a warm bath or listening to calming music.
- Create a sleep environment that is quiet, dark and cool with a comfortable mattress and comfortable pillows.
- Exercise regularly but avoid vigorous workouts close to bedtime.
- If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.
By getting enough sleep we can each become more valuable, dependable and well-rested team members.