The research results of Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical Schools have revealed that the short terminal productivity gains you (as entrepreneur) may get from skipping sleep to non-stop work are likely to be quickly washed away by the deleterious effects of the sleep deprivation on your ability to concentrate, access to brain functions of higher level and especially on your mood swings for the days to come. After learning these results, the next time you give up sleep over work and tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, you should realize that you are indirectly making a decision that can actually make that day come sooner than you expect. When you push late into the night, you basically kill your health and business productivity.
Adequate Sleep is a Must to Perform Well:
You may have heard this common saying that sleep is good for the brain, but recently there has been given the direct evidence for why the brain needs you to sleep for the enough amount of time and also the right way. This new study is carried out by the University of Rochester and has found out that during your sleep, your brain begins working to remove the toxic proteins from the neurons and this can only be done adequately when you are asleep. These harmful proteins are the by-products of neural activity when you are awake. Therefore, you not getting sleep or enough sleep causes them to remain in your brain cells, thus impairing your ability to think or perform well and wreaking havoc that not even whatever amount of caffeine can fix. Moreover, your ability to problem-solving or processing the information is impaired, your creativity is minimized and most importantly, your emotional reactivity and tension levels are catapulted.
How Sleep Deprivation can Severely Harm You:
If you let your work stay over your head and do not sleep well, then acknowledge that it can cause you various fatal diseases, including heart attack, strokes, obesity and most commonly, type 2 diabetes. Sleep deprivation stresses you out and in the result, cortisol, a stress hormone, is produced in an unwanted quantity, hosting serious negative health effects that are neither good for your personal life, nor beneficial in your business career. This cortisol breaks down your skin collagen, making you look older than your age. It attacks your immune system, letting you become vulnerable to other diseases. In men, this issue of not sleeping enough can reduce the testosterone levels along with lowering down the sperm count.
Another major problem that can happen from sleep deprivation is obesity; not getting good sleep makes you fat. The body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates is compromised and you face difficulty in burning the consumed calories. Your appetite is maximized, as ghrelin – an appetite stimulating hormone is increased. Thus, you need to manage your schedule and take time out to sleep well, the business isn’t going anywhere if you balance between your work hours and sleep routines.
Doing Something about Sleeping the Right Way:
Beyond the obvious advantages of getting enough sleeping, you gain the ability to remain calm under pressure and manage your emotions in emergency times; both of these plus-points have a direct link to your work performance. How much you sleep does matter but what matters the most is that you sleep the right way. You should put a little more effort to eliminate unnecessary disturbances or interruptions to your sleep. Taking short afternoon naps can also help you get the enough rest you may need during the day. For your good sleep hygiene, you need to work on the quality of your sleep and rest on a slightly thicker Revere Bed. Here, we are highlighting some important ‘dont’s’ that you should avoid while getting the correct quantity and quality of sleep:
- Don’t take sleeping pills;
- Do not take caffeine in the high intake. Also, specifically avoid it after lunch;
- Don’t use blue light at night;
- don’t be careless on the wake-up schedule, do try to be out of bed at the same time every day;
- Don’t binge sleep on rest days;
- Don’t work in your sleeping time;
- Don’t let interruptions in;
- Don’t underestimate meditation or yoga.