Sleep Expert Explains Exactly How You Should Be Waking Up Every Morning_Featured_, Sleep Saturday, May 26th, 2012
Not getting enough sleep regularly has major implications for your health and ability to perform on the job.
To learn more about how sleep affects us, we turned to Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute. He told us that ”lack of sleep can manifest itself in erratic behavior, short tempers, and bad decision-making.”
Sleep-deprived workers are more prone to exhibiting erratic behavior, have difficulty remembering details, and don’t deal as well in high-pressured situations—such as meetings or new business pitches.
And it’s getting worse nowadays because of technology usage.
“Smart phones, tablets, laptops, televisions and even video games have all affected our sleep,” Oexman said. “Years ago, people left work at the end of the day and there was no work after that. These days, people go to bed with their cell phones.”
“In a sense, every employee from every profession is ‘on call’ 24/7, expected to respond to phone calls and emails even in the middle of the night.”
Furthermore, those who think that putting off just one or two hours of sleep every night doesn’t make a difference, should reconsider: You’re more prone to Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and risk of infections.
And young adults in their 20′s are experiencing earlier signs of aging attributed to sleep loss.
How do you know you’re not getting enough sleep? Oexman told us you should pay attention to how many times you hit the snooze button. If it’s more than once, you’re not getting your ideal amount of rest.
“Alarms should be there to remind you to wake up, not wake you up after six snooze hits.”
To solve this, Oxeman said you should set limits on technology usage before bedtime.