Sleep is an undervalued yet critical component of health and of productivity. We are a culture of go-go-go. Whether you are grinding it out for your business and career success or partying like you just don’t care or just surfing on your phone or binge watching the latest series on Netflix, as a culture, we don’t get enough sleep and neither do our kids.
I remember once working to the point of sleep deprivation and starting to feel a little crazy, literally. Then I did a little investigating. A lack of sleep can lead to physical health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. It can cause irritability, anxiety, poor judgment, and even depression.
Adults really need 8-9 hours of sleep a night, and children need 10-12 hours, to be healthy and high-functioning.
I have committed to getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night as part of my acts of self-care and self-love in 2023. If I love me and want to be there for those I love, I need to be healthy. And sleep is a critical component of health.
Getting enough sleep can improve your memory, creativity, productivity, energy, and decision-making. As I get more sleep, I am keenly aware of how productive I am and how good I feel. So, this month as you buy the Valentine’s candy, take your new year’s resolution to the next level, think about the ways you want to take care of yourself, add getting more sleep to the list. You can thank me later.