Time Management and Sleep Are Partners

Time Management and sleep are partners!  Everyone knows it – everyone.

BUT sleep is often the very thing that is sacrificed first

According to the National Sleep Foundation (http://www.sleepfoundation.org/), “It’s a basic necessity of life, as important to our health and well-being as air, food and water.  When we sleep well, we wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to face daily challenges.  When we don’t, every part of our lives can suffer.  Our jobs, relationships, productivity, health and safety (and that of those around us) are all put at risk.  And lack of sleep due to sleep loss or sleep disorders is taking a serious toll.”  They further state that 37% of people are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities.  “Though our society has changed, our brains and bodies have not.  Sleep deprivation is affecting us all and we are paying the price.”  

It’s a spiral.  Once you are sleep deprived and no adjustment is made to rectify the situation, then problems are compounded because a person simply can’t function properly or think straight.  Why?  Because sleep is restorative to our brains and the rest of our bodies and that’s why you feel “refreshed” after a good sleep – your bodily functions have been restored to their maximum functionality.  

Without sleep, you become a dangerous driver!  Lack of sleep  can make you irritable and , impatient, your concentration is compromised.  At work the consequences are dire – it is estimated that $18 billion is lost in productivity and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that crashes due to driver fatigue cost $12.5 billion per year in productivity and property loss – 1,500 people die every year in fatigue-related crashes.  Sobering, isn’t it?  And many still believe that “it won’t happen to me.  that’s the other person who doesn’t have enough sleep”.  

So how do you think your time management will be affected when you are irritable, impatient, can’t concentrate and can’t even drive a car safely?  A lot!  Everything becomes a struggle as you “plow” through the day, day after day after day.  The results can’t be good – you know that – we all know that – we all try to fool ourselves but we know we can only fool ourselves for only so long!  How can any of us think about good time management habits when we can’t even handle the most basic of life’s needs – sleep?  Once you get that sleep, time management becomes much simpler – it’s easier to think through life’s challenges, and, with energy, we are able to see clearly how to plan effectively to get to where we’re going – day by day.  

Here are some recommendations made by the National Sleep Foundation – you might find them useful. The Promise of Sleep, written by a pioneer in sleep, it outlines for you how sleep affects everything in your life. Anther book which you might like is called, A Good Night’s Sleep.

In your bedroom you may very well benefit from an apparatus recommended by the National Sleep Foundation  The Austin HealthMate combines proven filter technology to provide the best overall protection from a wide range of airborne particles, chemicals, gases, and odors.  Some reviewers say it’s the best purifier they’ve ever owned.

 The National Sleep Foundation also recommends the book pictured above – The Promise of Sleep.  It’s a more complex book but you’ll gain great respect for sleep once you’ve read this one.  Lack of sleep can cause all kinds of health problems, some of which can kill you!

 And here is a CD created by Paul Swingle, PHD from Harvard Medical School which helps people to achieve and maintain restorative sleep.  

 Get some sleep – you’ll see your time management will become far easier!  

Lorraine Arams
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