Sleeping & Success
People think sleeping late or less to work is a reason to be proud, but it is not. There are a few kinds of people who stay awake at night.
– People who assume they are more productive in late-night hours.
– Who have a pile of work due to procrastination
– Who can’t fall asleep
None of these good for you. You may think sleeping wastes your time and you lose a lot. But in reality, working when you should have slept costs more.
You would not even realize that you lack sleep until you are seriously ill. You might be already suffering from health risks from diabetes to heart diseases. Do you often forget things and feel like your brain is running slow? Well, that must be due to lack of sleep. Because your reaction time is long, you are likely to be more accident-prone. Your immune system also will be weakened.
There seem to be some myths or assumptions, when it comes to sleeping less.
1. That you can catch up your sleeping hours on the weekend.
This is definitely a no. You will be tired to death if you do so. And also sleeping more than 10 hours do damage as much as sleeping lesser for than 5 hours. So, binge sleeping on the weekend can’t make up for your limited sleeping time on weekdays.
2. Sleeping can not be forced and it’s random. So, you can only fall asleep when you are really sleepy.
Yes, you cannot force yourself to sleep. But sleeping is an aspect of human behaviour. It can be practised. How? Trying to sleep at the same time every day and doing best not to disturb that routine can help you with training yourself to sleep at a specific time. Your inner clock will make you sleepy at the right time after some time.
No need for explanations as you should know that you can only be analytical and creative only if you have had a good rest. Your mind should be relaxed to do anything properly. So, rather than staying overnight, try sleeping and getting up early. Studies have found that the first two hours after you wake up are the most productive hours of the day.
What is a night of healthy sleep?
The amount you need to sleep varies from person to person. Its recommended that 7 – 9 hours sleep for an adult but it depends on the quality of the sleep.
If you have trouble sleeping well, try to change your habits a little bit.
– It’s a common thing for everyone to do other activities like reading, using the laptop on the bed. But it gives the wrong idea to your brain. Refrain from doing such to allow your brain to create the right association with the place where you sleep.
– Do not use your mobile phone or laptop right before going to sleep. They emit a blue light which interferes with the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleeping cycle. If you can’t help it, you can use glasses which filters the blue light.
– Taking a 10 – 30 minutes nap at the daytime also helps you to refresh. If it’s longer than that, it will disrupt your natural sleeping pattern.
– Decide your daily routine around the sleep time
Usually, it’s the other way around for us. No matter how much you try, you always end up sacrificing your sleeping time. But, sleeping is essential and other work can wait.
“You snooze, you lose”
Waking up at the right time is also important as much as sleeping. To get better results of quality sleep, you should not overdo it. Do you hit the snooze at the moment you hear the alarm? If so, you have to change. Going back to sleep right after you wake up means you are resetting your sleeping cycle. It makes you lose all the benefits of a good night’s rest.
Are you one of those who set dozens of alarms before the right time you get up? Don’t do that anymore. Because if you do so, you can’t either sleep or stay awake properly. It’s better for you to set the alarm for the actual time you get up. When you are late, it motivates you to wake up right away when you hear the alarm.
Like mentioned earlier, blue light keeps you from sleeping. So, you can use that to wake up in the morning. You can use your mobile phone or laptop when you wake up to give your mind a jolt.
Another good habit is to relying on your internal clock instead of the alarm to wake up. After a few days of wakening up by the alarm, you will get used to that time so, you can ditch the alarm. After all, it is annoying when you hear the alarm right? However, you can set a backup alarm if you feel uneasy or you would be unable to fall asleep in the first place. Getting up without the alarm will give you a good quality sleep and you can wake up when your body and mind are ready.
No matter how much you try to deny, sleeping more at least for more than 5 hours is necessary and it directly affects your progress. Sleeping that much is not wasting time, but saving. Do not assume things by yourself and think you are more productive at night and overwork. Sleep early, get up early. You will find yourself being at ease and relaxed.