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Too Tired to Work Your Business?

Let’s face it, being in business can be tiring. Keeping up with the day-to-day operations, regularly tending to Social Media, attending networking functions and everything else that needs to be done in a day can be exhausting. As a successful entrepreneur, feeling physically rested and getting enough sleep is essential to your good health and the good health of your business.

Let me ask you this, are you getting enough sleep?

How lack of sleep affects you physically: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that “persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer.”

How lack of sleep affects you mentally: The CDC also states that lack of proper sleep can reduce the quality of life and day-to-day productivity. Adults who reported sleeping less than the recommended 7–9 hours per night were more likely to have difficulty performing many daily tasks.

Lack of sleep chart

Chart is from the CDC

How much sleep are you getting per day? According to data from the National Health Interview Survey, nearly 30% of adults reported an average of less than 6 hours of sleep per day. Where do you fit into that average?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that approximately 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders each year, with an additional 20 million people suffering occasional sleeping problems.

The promotion of good sleep habits and regular sleep is known as sleep hygiene. The following sleep hygiene tips can be used to improve sleep. Here are some suggestions from The National Sleep Foundation for getting a better night’s sleep:

  • Try to go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  • Research shows that moderate physical activity may help promote sleep, but vigorous exercise in the few hours before going to bed can hamper getting a good night’s rest.
  • Maintain regular before bedtime routines – meditating, a warm bath, etc.
  • Avoid large meals the hours just before bedtime.
  • Make sure your bedroom is comfortable, dark and cool.
  • Keep your television and computers out of the bedroom.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.

If you’re feeling too tired to work your business, could lack of sleep be an issue? Good physical and mental health is an important part of business success. If you’re not feeling well, your business isn’t going to do well. Is it time to take a look at your sleep habits and the number of hours you’re sleeping each day?

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  • Meli January 4, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Great post Sharon. As a nurse by background, I routinely urge people to get more sleep. It seems to be a badge of courage so to speak, especially for younger people, to boast about how little sleep they get. Little do they know how detrimental it cab be.

    • sharonmichaels January 5, 2013, 6:56 am

      There are times when I don’t get enough sleep but, I do try to take a nap during the day. More and more research is proving that we humans need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Not always easy in this “rush around world” but necessary.

  • Bobbie Bushey January 5, 2013, 12:39 pm

    Excellent article, Sharon. I do get plenty of sleep and rest, now that I have quit my outside job and concentrate on my online business. I feel better, look better and get more done in a shorter time now that I am not tired all the time. I find I am able to stay up later now and I get a lot of my work done in the later hours. Change is great; and my life has changed a lot this past year.

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