We’ve all heard the term “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Perhaps we’ve said it ourselves. I know I have. Several times. It’s the familiar mantra of sleep deprived people. Most of us have either been there or currently have an extended stay there. Here's the kicker: if you don’t get proper sleep, death might knock on your door sooner rather than later. Last month I posted an infographic on sleep. This is a follow up to that post.
But there’s so much to do, you say.
Uh huh. I know, I know. But absolutely nothing is worth compromising your health. Nothing.
Many people don’t realize that just ONE day without adequate rest can lead to a number of complications. Over a longer period of time, the effects can be more severe and even lead to death. Here are some examples of the more serious effects of sleep loss:
There’s always hope.
Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step to restoring good health!
The next is a call to your trusted medical professional. Your doctor can recommend the best plan for your individual needs. This could involve lifestyle changes and/or medication.
So…between now and your appointment with your doctor, what can you do to get a better night’s sleep? I recommend first identifying problems that contribute to the lack of sleep, then list how these problems influence your life. When you've done that, perhaps see what could change. Having these thoughts on paper can be a life-saving eye opener. In my earlier post on sleep, there are also various helpful tips for getting a good night’s sleep.