Sleep is the single-most important thing we can do to reset the health of our brain and body each day. Without good sleep-health, your diet and exercise can make very little difference. What benefits does sleep bring us? Good memory - tests show that those who sleep after an intense period of learning retain more information and perform better than those that don’t. It’s like a real-life "save" button! There was a study undertaken with a NBA basketball player in relation to his performance when he got more than 8 hours sleep, and the results showed:
- +12% overall performance increase
- +29% increase in points made/minute
- +2% increase in 3-point percentage
- +9% increase in free-throw percentage
- -37% decrease in turnovers
- -45% in fouls committed
So what are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? A few of the most common consequences can be:
- Lack of concentration
- Slower responses
- Poorer general performance
What can you do to improve your sleep and avoid having to count sheep?!
- Cut out caffeine, especially in the evenings
- Low lighting before going to bed
- Turn off the TV and other electrical devices before bedtime
- Don’t snooze your alarm
- Take a warm bath or shower before bed
Realise that sleep is vitally important;
Aspire to make obtaining 8 hours a night an addictive habit, just like your steps; and
Do take notice of your sleep patterns and take action where necessary.
I would love to hear whether you feel you get enough sleep, and if not, what could you begin to do about it?
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Always “notice” what is around you; have the self-awareness to realise that even when you think you have no impact on others, you can still do so.