National Sleep Awareness Week is March 6-12 2016
Next week is National Sleep Awareness Week. Believe it or not a public awareness campaign needed to be created to educate people about the importance of sleep because too many of us don’t get enough sleep. Yes, we all “know” we should be getting a good night’s sleep but how many of us actually do? For some of us the reason we don’t is because we drank too much coffee during the day, for others it’s because we lay in bed worrying about things, for others it’s because a child was sick and needed taking care of and for others it’s because they were binge-watching our favorite shows.
But, 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 WebMD, not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can reduce your attention and concentration, affect your decision-making abilities and your reaction times, potentially causing you to be in an accident. Further, not getting enough sleep can cause you to be at risk for serious medical conditions. 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 6-12. And next 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.