If you’re like most people in America today, you probably aren’t getting enough good sleep on a regular basis. Some days you just have to work late or go into the office early. Some nights the kids don’t get done with soccer practice until everyone should already be in bed. Then there are those rare opportunities to catch up with old friends over a drink or two on a work night.
Worse yet, even when you do get “enough” rest, you may still feel like you’re sleep deprived. This is because just going to bed on time might not be enough to give you the rest you need. A number of things can keep you from getting that rest, including:
⦁ Drinking coffee or tea too late in the day.
⦁ Drinking alcohol before bed.
⦁ Sleeping on an old and/or unsupportive mattress.
⦁ Getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
Whatever the reason(s), if you spend enough time getting too little quality sleep, it can do a lot more than just make you feel a little bit drowsy in the morning. Sleep deprivation can have serious negative effects on your career. Why? Because lack of sleep directly affects your brain and how it functions.
Impaired Attention and Concentration
Catching Z’s gives the brain a chance to rest and recharge. When you don’t give it that chance, the first thing you’ll likely notice is difficulty concentrating. Whether you’re in a meeting trying to pay attention to what your boss has to say or you’re reading important memos and texts for work or school, you’re going to have more trouble if you aren’t getting enough sleep.
Imagine what happens when your attention and focus slip during that meeting, and your boss calls on you for an answer. If your mind wandered and you weren’t paying attention, there’s a good chance that you don’t even know what the question was, let alone how you should answer.
Difficulty With Decision-Making and Risk-Taking
People who are sleep deprived are less likely to make snappy decisions based on logic and evidence. Because, on some level, they know that they’re not at their best, they’re also less likely to take calculated risks. If you’ve been looking for the best solution for a problem for some time, you might want to sleep on it.
Delayed Reaction Time
Sleep deprivation also affects your reaction time, which could be embarrassing in some jobs but life threatening in others. If your job requires you to be quick on your feet, extended periods of poor sleep could make it unsafe for you to perform normal everyday tasks that you’re expected to do. It’s very likely that delayed reaction time could at the very least get you fired, or at the worst it could get you or someone else hurt or killed.
“Let’s meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss your idea.” If you’re sleep deprived, that sentence could go in one ear and out the other. And it’s not that you weren’t paying attention; your brain just wasn’t able to store that information in your long-term memory. If you’ve been forgetting a lot of meetings and other things at work, you might want to take a look at your sleeping habits and/or your mattress.
A quality mattress, that has the right level of firmness so that your pressure points sink in and the rest of your body is supported, is essential to a good night’s sleep. If any of the above symptoms sounds familiar, you might want to consider upgrading and buying an Amore Beds mattress online today.