When you drift off to sleep and enjoy a 7-8 hour of sleep, you will wake up fully refreshed and ready for the next task. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you are living in a noisy place or you are having strict work deadlines to meet, you will not get enough sleep. When this happens, it results in poor performance at your workplace.
Research shows that long term deprivation of sleep will not just affect your physical state but also your mental functioning. Thus ensuring that you get enough sleep is important.
The placebo effect research show that when people are made to believe that they had a good sleep at night even when this was not the case; it results into better performance at the place of work. Such people performed better in cognitive tests compared to those who were told that they had slept poorly. It was observed that the number of hours slept had some bearing on test results. This was attributed to the placebo effect. When one reassures himself that he has had a good rest, it results into better performance. However, this should not be a ground to stay up all the night. If you miss a night or two, you can try to fake up some energy but ensure that you get some sleep every night to remain healthy.
In fact, sleep problems is thought to result from excessive worry. If you find that you cannot get enough sleep, try to worry less and you will certainly find yourself worrying less.
Insufficient sleep has been declared a health problem by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The center noted that about 30% of adults get less than 6 hours every night. On the other hand, a survey carried out by the Better Sleep Council found that more than 61 % crave for sleep and not sex.
So how can you tell whether you are getting enough sleep or not?
Do you normally get tired during the day? Do you feel that you do not have energy during the day and sometimes you are unable to think clearly? These are some of the things that will happen to you if you don’t get enough sleep.
Ways that can help you get enough sleep
If you love caffeine and you are having trouble sleeping, you may need to reduce or eliminate it from your diet. If you can’t do without it, it is recommended that you stay away from caffeine for 6 hours before you go to bed.
You may also employ other strategies such as limiting the amount of alcohol you take, give up on smoking and eat lightly. Lastly you need to have a schedule because your body needs to form a habit about the time you go to bed and the time you wake up.