Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Updated on: by Miranda Grimm
Working from home often means we can control our own schedule. While this is a huge blessing for us and usually the main reason we choose to work from home, it can also be dangerous to our health!
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When the pay period is coming to an end and we want to make as much as possible, we work into the late night. When you are working on the phones and need to work during the busiest call time…you may find yourself working at 3 am and beyond! While this has often proven beneficial to our pockets. What is it doing to our bodies and to our loved ones?
What Happens When We Do Not Get Enough Sleep?
Moodiness, irritablility and slow response time are the first signs of sleep deprivation according to psychologists at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Personally, when I go several days without getting enough sleep, I am quick to snap at my family and friends. I often say things I regret later and simply unload all of my frustrations in a way that leaves everyone near me…trying to get out of my warpath! I would relate my lack of sleep attitude to PMS!
After the initial warning signs of not getting enough sleep, you can expect your memory and ability to multi-task to decrease. That does not help your professional life! If you find yourself forgetting your due dates or scheduled commitments then you just may need to evaluate if you are getting enough sleep.
If you continually skip sleep to work then you will see long term effects that can be damaging to your body! Lack of sleep could be why you are having trouble getting rid of those extra pounds. We are more sluggish, not able to gather enough energy to work out and simply not moving around as much as you would if you had more energy thanks to a full night recharging!
Not sleeping enough can lower your immune system. If your shield is down then you could find yourself sick more often and then you are missing out on hours you could be working or engaging with your family.
Lack of sleep can be hurting your heart! The after effects of things like weight gain can cause diabetes and can be damaging to the heart. It can also cause an increase in stress and therefore increase your blood pressure. A regular schedule that includes a full nights sleep can save your relationships, your health and even your life!
What Does Sleep Do For Our Bodies?
Sleep is a necessity to life! We would essentially die without sleep. Although scientists are still studying why sleep is exactly so important we all know how we feel after a couple of nights without sleep. I’m sure we all felt like we were literally dying!
Sleep of course, regenerates our bodies. It is believed that sleep is when our bodies repair themselves. When your computer is acting funky what is the first thing you do? You restart it! We get our restart by going to sleep and when we wake up, our bodies are given that chance to reset and get put back on track.
How Can I Get More Sleep?
How do you get in more hours for work? You schedule it in and you make it happen! It takes putting sleep as a main priority! You need to understand the value of sleep and realize it is more important than chatting on Facebook or playing Diamond Dash (my newest addiction). Working into the wee hours is fine once in a while, be sure it is not your regular habit!
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Here are some tips for getting yourself to sleep if you are having troubles.
Getting more sleep just may save you some money too ;)! Less coffee being brewed, less energy drinks being bought and the more awake and alert you are, the faster and more effective you will work!
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July 19, 2011 at 9:11 am
I’ve recently started trying to make this a priority. I’m usually tempted to stay up until 1 and 2 a.m., but I’ve been forcing myself to go to bed by at least midnight if not earlier. I also try to get up by 7 or 8 so I can get some work done before the boys wake up.
Sleep is extremely important, and it does catch up with you if you don’t get enough of it! Your body will let you know when you’re not getting enough in many negative ways.
July 19, 2011 at 9:22 am
I am currently on this track of staying awake until 1-2am too. I wrote this article and then was up until 2 and then got out of bed at 7:30! I sure felt like a hypocrite! It is EXTREMELY important because when I don’t have enough sleep, my patience with my girls is very short 🙁
July 19, 2011 at 9:11 am
I do get plenty of sleep, but it never feels like enough. I think it may have a lot to do with the poor eating habits that also come with working from home. 😉
July 19, 2011 at 9:24 am
That is a good point Angie! Although I don’t eat horribly, I eat a lot of processed food with a lot of sodium! This is another habit I need to break
July 19, 2011 at 9:21 am
I’m guilty of not getting enough sleep and can admit that I’m often moody and irritable because of it. Sometimes it just seems that there aren’t enough hours in a day. Starting today… maybe tomorrow, I’ll attempt to set a regular schedule for my self so that I can get more sleep for my health’s sake.
July 19, 2011 at 9:24 am
lol, exactly how I feel!
July 20, 2011 at 10:08 am
I have been actively trying to make my bed time either midnight for 1AM – this is good for a girl who use to stay up until 3AM or 5AM!
I hate waking up the next morning, feeling groggy because then it takes me longer to start my day thus I am wasting more time. I definitely need some time management skills so then I wouldn’t feel like I have to stay up so late!
July 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm
This has been my downfall too and also doing more snacking throughout the day instead of eating an actual meal when necessary. It’s going to be even more hectic once school starts for me this fall if I don’t try to get a schedule down for myself before then so that I can get some much needed sleep and not feeling as though I’m pushing myself to get stuff done.
July 22, 2011 at 10:37 am
Okay! I too am somewhat guilty when it comes to getting enough sleep. I have gotten much better just by scheduling it into my schedule.