Do you get enough sleep? And how much sleep is 'enough'?
I'm writing this after midnight. Being a night owl, this is not unusual for me. I get quite a bit of my writing done in the wee hours. But I'm careful to get a full 7-8 hours per night, or catch up with power naps if I don't. This is because I know what happens to me if I don't get enough sleep: I get moody, my creativity diminishes (as does my patience!) and sometimes I get headaches. Too many days in a row with not-enough sleep and I get stressed over things that would normally roll off my back. So I've learned to safeguard my sleep.
Some people don't have such obvious effects from lack of sleep, or they may not be aware of the effects, or may even be aware of them without making the connection with sleep. That's why we have National Sleep Awareness Week, to remind us that sleep matters, help us tune into the effects of sleep deprivation or sleep deficit in ourselves and others, and make important changes to help ourselves and our families get enough sleep to function at our best.
Because stress and sleep are linked, there are some important things that you can do with stress management to enable yourself to get more quality sleep. These thing involve paring down your schedule (so you wont' be too busy for sleep), managing stress and anxiety (so you won't be too 'keyed-up' to fall or stay asleep), and avoiding sleep saboteurs (coffee, anyone?). The following resources can help you to better understand the importance of sleep and how it affects you. They can also help you to get better quality sleep when stressed. So rest easy and learn how to get the most out of your nights, in order to make your days more productive and fulfilling.
Sleep Resources from Elizabeth Scott:
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