On average 36% of your life is spent sleeping. In perspective that means by the age of 90 you will have spent 32 years of your life snoozing – seems a lot doesn’t it?
Sleep is undeniably important; countless reports stress the importance and necessity for sleep, especially when you are working long hours in the city. Sleep allows your brain to function properly and is proven to significantly increase levels of learning and performance. Sleep deprived, our attention wavers, making information harder to process. This is because our neurons can no longer function to transfer information properly, so a lack of sleep prohibits us from accessing previously stored mental data – cue an increase of those intolerable moments when your words are just on the tip of your….!
On average a working adult won’t get more than 6 hours sleep. 6 hours sleep may even seem something of a dream to some, especially when your job requires international travel. However, scientific research from the National Sleep Organisation has proven that working adults need a minimum of 7 hours and preferably a full 9 hours a night. Therefore, it may be time to re-think your sleeping patterns.
In light of this, I suggest two things. Firstly, take a moment to watch Arianna Huffington (co-founder of the Huffington post) who spoke at a TED conference, the link https://www.ted.com/talks/arianna_huffington_how_to_succeed_get_more_sleep
Secondly…to prioritise sleep, make it a ritual!
TOP 5 SLEEPING TIPS from Aldrich are…
- No caffeine after 3PM
- Exercise at least three times a week
- No technology at least one hour before bed
- Download and use Headspace app
- Always have a note pad and pen next to your bed