It doesn’t take a Harvard Medical School medical study to tell us that poor sleep effects work performance – and just about every other part of our lives. But back in 2011, those Harvard researchers put some cold hard numbers on the problem, and showed when projected onto the entire U.S. workforce, compromised work performance due to insomnia costs businesses well over $63 billion per year. Here are some points that all workers – and employees – should keep in mind:
Sleep Environment And Health Habits Play A Role In Insomnia
The National Sleep Foundation explains that if you have struggle to fall or stay asleep, or you wake up feeling unrefreshed, you are likely afflicted with insomnia.
Insomnia can caused by all kinds of factors, including stress, anxiety, depression, illness, chronic pain, prescription medications, alcohol consumption, sleep disorders or bad sleep habits.
A person’s sleep environment and personal health habits can also play into sleep problems.
Sleep an Important Aspect of our Health
Sleep is an underlying condition for all other aspects of our health; it is the recovery period when our bodies are engineered to repair the damages and stresses of the previous day, and to prepare for the stresses of the day to follow.
Bad sleep often causes an increase in one’s chronic stress response, and therefore a weakened immune function which snowball into further consequences that impact every aspect of a person’s health and wellbeing.
Moreover, sleep is not just a matter of how many hours a person it out, but also the quality of that sleep, and a significant part of the quality is about the sleep environment.
The Sleep Environment
Recent advances in sleep research based on infrared and magnetic technology have enabled scientists to replicate the optimal sleep environment. This includes elements that function in harmony and cocoon the individual in an advanced adaptive sleep environment, to create the greatest opportunity for high quality sleep, the sensation of sleeping in nature while inside the house, and the ability to get to a level of sleep that helps the mind and body not only function adequately, but also with enhanced energy and vitality.
When selecting a bed, the majority tends to only consider the apparent comfort of a mattress. Yet achieving an optimal level of sleep and recovery involves multiple considerations, such as physical comfort, temperature and humidity, ventilation stimulation, hygiene and energetic environment.
• Make your bedroom darker and keep it cool.
• Practice deep breathing before bed.
• Take a warm bath before bed.
• Exercise or at least walk every day.
• Banish all LCD screens (laptops, tablets, smartphones, TV) at night.
• Cut down on coffee after 2pm and avoid alcohol right before bedtime to give the body time to metabolize it.
Additional Sleep Tips From the Experts Consulted in Thrive