These days many people have a tendency to try and survive on less sleep than they actually need. Whether it’s time spent in bed, or on a sleeper sofa, there seems to be this idea that the less of it there is, the stronger person you are, and the more you can achieve. This is definitely not true. If you want to perform to your full potential, you need to ensure that you sleep for at least seven to nine hours each night. The exact amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, but it generally falls within this range.
Let’s examine why it’s so important to get the right amount of sleep. We are also going to provide you with some tips about how you can make this happen.
What are the adverse effects of not getting enough sleep?
You may not realise it, but you can suffer from problems with concentration, even if you only miss out on sleep for one night. This is obviously not a good thing; especially if your day involves completing tasks which require good concentration, such as driving to work and back, or sitting an important test. You may also notice that your short term memory is not as it should be, if you do not sleep well. The information that you take in during the day sets in your brain while you sleep. If sleep is a problem, the information does not set as well as it should. This is why the events of the previous day may seem hazy to you. If this happens regularly your life could be seriously affected.
Making sure you get the sleep you need – what to do
It can be difficult to get to sleep when you go to bed. You may also have problems remaining asleep. Here are some things you can do to help make sure you get the right amount of good quality sleep.
- Set up a routine, so that you go to sleep, and wake up, at the same times, on a regular basis.
- Before you go to bed make sure you relax. It may be a good idea to spend time in a warm bath.
- Having any type of light in the room where you are sleeping is a bad idea. This is especially the case with blue light; so you should make sure you turn off any electronic devices. You can use blackout curtains on the windows, if this helps.
- Refrain from drinking anything containing caffeine for a couple of hours before you go to sleep.
If you take note of these tips, you should find that it’s easier for you to get the sleep that you need.
If you want to live a full and productive life, you need to be alert. This is why it’s never a good idea to try and manage with less sleep than you need. If you find that you are doing this, you should attempt to make changes as soon as possible.