Women entrepreneurs have a natural tendency to take on responsibility for everything including family, friends and household tasks. Add your business on top of that and you are carrying a mighty weight. If you want to soar higher you’ll have to drop a few sandbags.
Well, sleep more.
Do you spring out of bed ready to dominate your day? No? Chances are you’re not getting enough sleep.
According to Business Insider UK, a whopping 40% of us sleep less than the recommended 7-9 hours per night. Bottom line … Lack of sleep reduces the immune system’s ability to function efficiently. That means more days away from work. Also, Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease have been linked with poor sleep habits. A study of 23,000 Greek adults found those who took a daily siesta were 30% less likely to die from heart disease!
Here are four more invaluable reasons why it’s time to re-evaluate your sleep habits to improve your business.
4 Reasons Why Sleep Helps Your Business
1. Increased Memory and Focus
Did you know that long naps improve memory? Getting sufficient sleep helps you smash through the glass ceiling and come out feeling on top of the world.
2. Improved Creativity and Alertness
Research in San Diego found that people who napped or slept and fell into REM (Rapid Eye Movement) dream state were more productive in using their creativeness to solve problems. A NASA study found that after a 40-minute nap pilots were more alert.
3. Reduced mistakes
Admit it, you make more mistakes when you’re tired. It could be more typos or a catastrophic knee jerk business reaction.
4. Less Irritation and More Patience
Less sleep means more emotional volatility, like a time bomb waiting to explode when the printer jams or bad news arrives.
The University of Michigan conducted a study where participants were asked to complete a frustrating task of drawing geometric designs on a computer screen. Some participants took an hour-long nap prior to the task and others watched a nature documentary instead. Results found that those who had the nap were able to draw for 90 seconds whereas those who didn’t gave up after 48 seconds.
Sleep is like the good soil you plant your seeds into. It nurtures your health, cultivates your mind and gives you a safe place to replenish and restore.
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