Sleep your way to the top, without compromising your integrity
Did you know that sleeping more hours could help you loose weight?
Did you know that napping during the day reduces stress and aids productivity?
Did you know that sleeping more soundly could reduce your risk of severe illnesses, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and even some cancers.
Well, it’s true.
However the sad reality is that many of us are sleep deprived.
We are trying to function; hold down jobs, run the household, bring up children, sustain healthy relationships and look after ourselves on an empty tank.
No wonder we feel stressed out, tired, unengaged and stretched too thin on a regular basis.
Here’s the thing, when I was younger I would do what I called “pull all nighters” and I did this all the time.
This basically meant that I’d stay up all night.
Why you might ask?
And the truth was to watch TV.
Today, my mind boggles at the thought of how ridiculous this was but I did it.
If I had known back then what I know now then I probably wouldn’t have made such insane choices.
When I think back to my life back then I was suffering with cases of eczema, had stiff joints, lacked energy and felt – for want of a better word – tired. (It’s like, Duurrhh!)
Fast forward a few years and The Universe, God, or [insert your choice of higher power here] hands me a bambino.
All of a sudden the one thing I wanted more than anything else was sleep.
Between the round the clock breastfeeds, nappy changes and eating, I craved sleep on a massive scale.
I wanted to sleep like it was going out of fashion but sleep was the first thing to go, closely followed by sex, a tidy house and a neatly waxed bikini line.
Here’s the thing, amazing gifts like children make the sleep deprivation worthwhile but when there’s no justifiable reason to hold off putting your head to your pillow and catching some uber important Zzz’s then I just don’t get why we wouldn’t choose to sleep.
Many of us believe that we are being more productive if we choose to work longer hours, stay up late to finish off the report or sacrifice our sleep for trips to the gym.
But the truth is you would be are far more productive if you switched off the computer an hour earlier and took some time to unwind with a bath and book instead.
Here’s something worth noting…
People who tend to sleep better tend to be happier, which in turn makes them feel less stressed.
When we feel less stressed we tend to treat people better and approach situations in a more measured and compassionate way.
This in turn leads to a feeling of having stronger bonds and connections with people.
This can benefit both our professional and personal relationships leading to greater productivity, happiness and success all round.
You could literally sleep your way to the top and improve every area of your life; in business, health and well-being, your attitude, finances and personal life, just by choosing to make sleep a priority instead of seeing it as just “the thing we do” to join up the days.
You know that phrase, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”. Well, I can’t think of a more ridiculous notion!
The sad truth is you might wind up dead a lot sooner than you’d like by not getting enough hours sleep while you’re in the company of the living.
Now, we’re all unique and therefore may not all require the same amount of sleep.
But as a general rule most of us need somewhere between 6-10 hours a night to enable us to function at full throttle.
In fact the more we sleep the better it is for our hearts, brains, internal organs, skin, hair, nails, you name it.
Instead of buying into the next beauty product that claims to reduce wrinkles and remove bags from under your eyes, just hit the sack a littler earlier every night.
Think of sleep as natures way of giving you everything your body needs to function providing you don’t neglect it.
By the way, sleep is as important in the health and well being of men as it is for women.
I know guys that take sleep for granted and almost wear their lack of sleep like a badge of honour. It’s crazy!
So, share this post with your partner, your spouse, your main squeeze, friend, colleagues or anyone else you think could benefit.
It serves the world, the economy and the health care system if we all made a conscious effort to catch more shut eye.
Trust me, with more Zzz’s under your belt you’ll feel and look incredible and people will start to wonder, what’s your secret?
And when you tell them you’ve been sleeping, they’ll be stumped because it sounds way to easy!
Now, I’ve put together 15 easy tips on how achieve a more restful slumber here.
And as always, tell me what you think.
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Till next time,
Big love, Nat x