Do you suffer from sleep deprivation?
If you’re struggling to stay awake at work… you can blame Thomas Edison.
Most people like to believe that “burning the midnight oil” is a sure sign that, not only is a person busy, but their attention is in high-demand. A natural extension, we think, of a high level of productivity.
The truth, however, is that sleep deprivation is a very real health issue. One that many people choose to ignore because they’re convinced it’s the price they pay for being a successful go-getter.
The bitter irony is that a lack of sleep has a direct and immensely negative impact on how much we really get done. In fact, the less time you spend curled up on your mattress, the less productive you are.
According to the 2013 International Bedroom Poll— created and administered by the National Sleep Foundation— 25% of North Americans have cut down on the amount of time they spend on their mattress because of increasingly longer workdays.
The average Canadian gets a little over 7 hours of sleep a night. This brings Canadians closer to the recommended amount needed for humans to perform at their full potential (certainly closer than Americans who average 6.5 hours of sleep a nigh), it’s still not enough.
Sleep is absolutely vital not only for productive output, but for overall mental and physical health and wellness.
It wasn’t until the 20th century that sleep became equated with laziness or sloth.
Most sleep experts point towards Thomas Edison as the tipping point. In his prime work years, Edison was notorious for outright shunning sleep and working as many hours a day as he possibly could.
Decades later, science has proven that sleep was one subject Edison wasn’t brilliant with. In fact, his contempt for sleep— and the attitudes many still cling to long after Edison’s death— can be considered dangerously incorrect.
Defying your body clock can lead to very real health problems that have no problem impeding your productivity. The human body is naturally designed to rise with the sun and settle in on the mattress at night. “Pushing through” this evolutionary need for sleep can triple the risk of high blood pressure in men and double the chance of heart disease in women.
Good sleep— a restful, uninterrupted 8 hours— is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It not only promotes healing and rejuvenation, but can help prevent life-threatening disease.
Spend some quality time with your mattress tonight. Your body— and your bottom line- will certainly feel better for it.