Wake Up & Eat an Elephant: Part 4
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The next tip for waking up and having a productive day happens to be my favorite. Though, I know I lack in this department, which isn’t good.
In the last 3 parts to my Wake Up & Eat and Elephant series we talked about scheduling the night before and skipping the snooze button, having a morning routine, and learning to say “no.” Today I’m going to talk to you about sleep and the effects it has on being productive.
How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
I get 6-7 most nights but I know my body, and I know that I function so much better on 7-8 hours. I can feel it throughout the day. The sluggishness, my eyes get heavy when I’m sitting still, I’m grouchy, and my memory is bad—or I should say worse, after kids I think I lost part of my brain. Ha!
Even when we think and feel like we can function on less than the recommended 7-8, we are really just fooling ourselves. Maybe you have been functioning on such little sleep that you have gotten used to the feeling that comes with it.
What happens when you are sleep-deprived?
-Even though we feel like you have adapted to a sleep-deprived schedule, your judgment, reaction time, and other functions are impaired.
-Memory Loss and False Memories. Lack of sleep affects the part of the brain that creates memories.
-Just missing out on 1.5 hours of sleep can reduce alertness by 32%.
-Your immune system takes a hit.
-Not to mention raising your chances of obesity, insulin resistance, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
Making drastic changes to your sleep schedule can be tough. Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier than you normally would, after a few days knock 15 more minutes off. Continue this until you are going to bed early enough to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. But still, rise at a time that works for you.