3 Guilt-Free Reasons to Get More Sleep
By Genevieve Cunningham
Once you reach a certain age, sleep becomes the most desirable and toughest to find aspect of life. When we don’t get enough sleep, we are tired, rundown, irritable, and sickly. But when we get a bit more, we often feel as though we should be doing something else. I can’t sleep; I need to clean the bedroom/work on my next project/finish that book while the kids are asleep! If this sounds like you … like someone who never gets enough sleep, yet still feels guilty about getting some rest … take a look at these completely guilt-free reasons to lock the door, hit the snooze, and get more shut-eye.
You’ll Have More Patience
Those who get less sleep tend to be more irritable. They snap more quickly, get frustrated at simple tasks, and have far less patience than what they would have if they were well rested. While this might seem like a small victory, everyone around you will feel the impact of this benefit. Your children, your spouse, your co workers, and everyone with whom you come in contact will appreciate your newfound ability to bite your tongue and keep your cool.
Your Risk of Disease Will Be Lower
A lack of sleep can significantly raise your risk of developing major illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease. While getting more sleep is not a foolproof method for avoiding either ailment, it may help lower your overall risk of developing it. For those who already have a higher risk of suffering from either of these problems, more rest may make a powerful impact on your wellness now as well as long into the future.
You’ll Probably Be More Productive
Everyone wants to be more productive in life. Whether it’s at work, home, or your favorite hobby, a rise in productivity means getting more done in less time. It might mean reaching that deadline a day early. It could be that you’re on top of your children’s demands for the next week. Or perhaps you finally finish that big personal project that you’ve been working on for months. Being more productive is generally a goal for all of us, even if we don’t say it in so many words. Get more sleep to make your waking hours count more than ever.
Getting more sleep is not only a desirable thought, it’s crucial to keep you healthy and strong. The next time you need to get some rest, don’t feel any guilt about the time you spend in the bed. Take the time you need to regain your energy, protect your body and mind, and enjoy your life without the exhaustion attached at every corner.
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