Our current culture is doing a great job of promoting healthier habits. We are encouraging people to meditate, communicate openly with each other, eat healthier, be kinder to themselves, and care for the environment. But there is one topic that a few of us need to learn more about. The one that lies at the end of all of these achievements: Rest.
For as long as most of us have been adults, accomplishing “more” seems to be “the” goal. Despite where you are from, despite the culture, technology and principles of entrepreneurship have found their way into our routines. It’s become a little bit of an accomplishment to be “swamped” and “tired.”
Now, neither are a bad thing, if you know when to stop. Getting those 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day can do more for you tomorrow than burning out to emails or Netflix episodes will. As stated by TED-Edu, “It’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents in the United States are regularly sleep-deprived.”
Rest and relaxation are extremely important to our overall health. Though many of us are not yet prioritizing it, we should, as it has an effect on our mental health, physical health, and quality of life.
It goes without saying that a well-rested mind will perform better. Sleep deficiency alters activity in the brain. We are less inclined to pay attention, be in a good mood, struggle with discipline or will power, and problem solve.
We use up our energy during the course of the day. The more fuel we burn, the higher our desire to refuel. Without giving the body what it needs, we compromise its ability to run at optimal levels.
Other than preparing for a big exam or presentation, you need to sleep. It’s not only about knowing the material. If you aren’t well rested, you will not be able to think as quickly when unexpected elements come up.
Think about it, what really goes as planned? Get some zzz’s, and it won’t matter as much because you won’t compromise your ability to figure it out.
When you are tired, your body doesn’t run the same either. Your hormones have a field day, and it creates imbalances in our system. Among changes, blood sugar levels go up, as a result, if this becomes a habit we run the risk of diabetes. When we’re resting, the body releases the hormones that repair cells and tissue. It also cuts the immune systems time to defend your body from infections and harmful substances.
In addition, (yes, there is more!) you’re at the risk of gaining weight. Partly because of the factors mentioned above but also because our self-care sways when we’re tired. If you pay close attention to the days you go head first into indulgence mode, it’s usually prompted by exhaustion. Our body is in search of energy. So, where is the sugar?
When we're tired, our will power is weaker. Our moods are gloomier because our energy levels are lower, so we’re more inclined to stray from our goals and drag our feet. It’s tough to pump yourself up when you’re tired. It sounds silly, but it’s true.
So, among your goals for this year, try to create a healthy relationship with rest. It affects your discipline in other areas of your life. Getting a good night's rest is important because it is one factor that comes into play across the board and it will have an impact on your attitude and ability to conquer the accomplishments you are working towards.
So, friends, be it by bed or by hammock, be loyal to your zzz’s.