Add social networking to all you do now, and you’re likely looking sleep deprivation smack in the eyeball. Research shows increasingly serious accidents that occur frequently through lack of sleep. Have you seen redemptive research on how sleep debt is repaid with dividends, though?
Here’s the skinny.
51% of the American workforce feels exhausted at work. In Harvard Health Publications I was also intrigued by the study Countering the effects of chronic sleep loss. Surprisingly more than 60% of us don’t sleep the brain’s required seven to nine hours of rest needed per night.
Yikes! That loss impacts the brain’s ability to rewire itself in REM to meet demands of the coming day! So what can be done? Other than slip under oncoming buses, I mean.
Luckily, there’s dynamic research to show how sleep debts can be repaid. To ward off negative effects of snooze loss, experts tell us to simply repay any outstanding slumber debts, once life quietens down a bit. How so?
If you stay up too late during the week, sleep in a bit more on weekends. If last week saw you moonlighting on a few occasions, crawl under the covers early a few nights this week.
But can napping makeups work over longer stretches? Let’s say October kept you awake too many hours. Can sleep loss from way back then, get repaid for a better day now?
Yes, fortunately, that loss too can be made up. All to say, for mental health’s sake – why not slip a little extra shut eye into November? Could it work for you?