In much of the United States we’re about to lose yet another hour of sleep when we turn the clocks back at 2 a.m. on Sunday March 12, 2017.
Talk about adding insult to injury!
Given that quality sleep is as important to our health as food and water, why is it that so many of us are sleep deprived so much of the time?
Often it’s because we cut back on sleep in favor of “getting more done.” While that can appear to be an effective short term productivity booster, when practiced consistently over the long haul, it actually undermines our pursuit of excellence.
Chronic lack of sleep can cause a wide range of symptoms, including impaired brain function, memory loss, depression, weight gain and irritability. Long-term health issues include increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
Answer the following true/false questions to discover whether you may be suffering the adverse effects of insufficient sleep:
- Instead of feeling refreshed when I wake up, I still feel tired.
- I must have coffee to get going in the morning and often depend upon caffeine, sugar and other stimulants to get through the day.
- I feel easily irritated, impatient and/or moody—and my relationships are being affected.
- I feel weary and discouraged sometimes, but feel I don’t have the time to deal with it.
- I have a hard time controlling my emotions—and find myself at the point of tears without really knowing why.
- I often feel overwhelmed and my ability to handle stress is diminished.
- I have difficulty concentrating and sometimes have to ask people to repeat what they just said.
- My memory, in general, isn’t as good as it used to be.
- I have a hard time staying awake when I read or watch television.
- I doze off easily.
- My lack of energy for doing fun things with my partner causes tension in our relationship.
- I get sleepy when I drive and have to do things to keep myself alert, such as consuming stimulants or keeping the windows open to get more fresh air.
- My reaction time when I drive isn’t as fast as it once was.
- I’m not performing as well at work; everything takes longer than it used to.
- I’ve been dropping the ball at work and at home by not following through with simple tasks.
- My energy is low and I don’t feel very motivated.
- I’ve been eating more to boost my energy and my weight has been creeping up.
- I get sick often.
- People tell me that I look tired.
If you answered “TRUE “to several of these statements, it would be wise to consult a medical professional to be sure these aren’t symptoms of greater underlying health problems.
Every investment in
taking better care of yourself
yields a lifetime of benefits.
Take a closer look at the impact your chosen prioritization of sleep is having on your wellbeing—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
What mindset and lifestyle changes might you begin incorporating to better support a long, healthy and fully empowered life enriched by copious investments in rest and renewal?
Author’s content adapted under license, © 2008 Claire Communications
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