As I have tried to work my way through the last week of the school year with as much grace as possible (read = hardly any grace), my sleep patterns have become increasingly unstable, increasingly unpredictable, and downright pathetic. As a person prone to using sleep as a wonderful relaxation tool and mode of escape, I am embarrassed to report that I am beyond sleep deprived.
Sleep deprivation has been linked with all sorts of issues, such as:
- weight gain
- lack of focus/ attention issues
- anger issues
- loss of productivity
And, yet, our society pushes us, we push ourselves to keep up with society, and as we push ourselves to stay up later and accomplish more, a strange thing begins to happen.
As we increase our workload and the hours we dedicate, we start to decrease our work productivity. Fatigued workers are NOT good workers….. they are not diligent and strong, they are not alert enough to pay attention to details…….
So, what is my advice? First, get in touch with your own body and its unique needs. Do you function best on 8 hours of sleep, 6 or 10? What is the discrepancy between the hours your body needs you to sleep and the reality of how many hours you actually do sleep? Second, fix the discrepancy. If you are not getting enough sleep you have to make the effort to ensure that you will get enough sleep to function well in this world the next day.
Today, 244 days ’til 40, I am aware of my sleep patterns – I will remind myself that sleep helps increase my workload and keep me happy!