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?
To perform at your best, you need to be effective (doing the right things) and efficient (doing things right).
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.
As Christmas approaches and 2018 draws to a close, I'd just like to thank each and every one of you for your amazing support this year.
It's very easy to forget to stop and pause and remember to be kind to yourself, as well as others, as you hurtle towards Christmas.
For years now there have been views expressed that leaders are born and not made; that someone leads and someone follows - good old leadership/followership theory in action..!