Can there be anything better than a good night’s sleep? Or is a good night’s sleep just a pipe dream for you?
Getting a good night’s sleep won’t grant you immunity from disease. But study after study has found a link between insufficient sleep and some serious health problems, such as heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, and obesity. And there are some surprising benefits to a good nights sleep like improved memory, spurred creativity, sharper attention span and focus, improved athletic performance (if you want to beat your PB), a better sex life and weight loss.
One of my favourite books on sleep is The Sleep Revolution by Arianne Huffington – Transforming your life – One Night at a Time. Arianne learned the hard way the value of sleep.
So much of what she writes in the book (and talked about in her TED talk) resonated with me. When I was in the corporate world sleep was viewed as a weakness. The little sleep we all survived on was like a badge of honour. I resented that I had to sleep as it interrupted my capacity to keep working. Deadlines don’t respect sleep. Arianne seriously questions the culture of organisations who nurture this behaviour while all the evidence suggests its shortening our life, makes us less effective and certainly takes all the joy out of lives.
There are so many benefits to good sleep. Recently my sleep has improved significantly. I used to get between 4-5 hours of poor quality sleep a night and now sleep between 7 and sometimes 8 hours a night. No longer waking up tired I am now firing on all cylinders during the day. I have more energy and am more productive than ever.
If you want to know how you can get the sleep of your dreams then just ask me. I’d be happy to share my secret with you.