The one thing that we can do to strengthen our foundations.
When I sleep well:
- I make better food choices
- I am more inclined to exercise or, if I force myself, I’m less likely to dog my workouts
- I am better at practicing positive interpersonal skills
- I have more resilience when things don’t go as planned
- I have the energy to get things done
- I feel I make better decisions overall.
I’m not alone.
In case you need the research:
- Terrible sleep leads to increased hunger.
- People who get enough high-quality sleep are better able to maintain a healthy weight
- Sleep has a huge impact on the development of other chronic diseases: such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and immune function.
- People with excellent sleep habits are more likely to feel like they are productive and effective. (National Sleep Foundation)
- Sleep improves decision-making, strengthens cognition, and clears out the toxins involved in neurodegenerative disorders
- Sleep also improves self-control and willpower.
Our culture, however, expects a 24/7 “always on.” attitude. How many executives, business leaders, and other “successful” people tout how they can function on little sleep?
- 45% of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their daily activities at least 1 day out of 7. (National Sleep Foundation, 2014 Sleep Health Index.
- A common reason – smartphones and tablets. In 2015, Bank of America discovered that 71% of Americans sleep with their smartphone. Yikes!
- Drowsy driving caused up to 72,000 accidents, up to 6,000 of those – fatal.
- Sleep deprivation is often cited as a root cause of workplace accidents, some major.
- If you are sleep deprived, your decision-making ability is drastically reduced. Especially in a crisis.
- Sleep deprivation among employees, particularly management, hurts organizational performance.
The one thing that I feel will improve our working lives and make our workplaces more humane is prioritizing our personal sleep health.