Stressed Out? Sleep On It
Juggling multiple projects at once? Overwhelmed with deadlines? Pulling out your hair? Hit the hay.
Researchers agree that the best way to overcome stress is to get a good night’s sleep. In recent years, sleep has been directly linked to positive physical health among numerous other benefits. Overall, a well rested mind has an easier time processing emotions and consolidating new information. Studies identify that sleep impacts your ability to solve difficult problems. Lack of sleep interferes with your ability to recognize patterns, which prevents you from implementing old solutions to new dilemmas. Simply put, sleep allows your brain to recover from the day’s stress.
In a 2013 study from the University of Rochester, researchers discovered that sleep cleanses the brain of toxic proteins. These harmful byproducts of normal daily brain activity ultimately affect your ability to process information.
If your body does not get enough rest, you are more likely to feel paranoid or depressed. Sleep removes emotional cognition and causes an overestimation of threat. Emotional stability is key for a decision-making authority who needs to respond to his/her team’s emotional cues. A sleep deprived manager quickly loses the ability to decide how and when to engage colleagues based on their state of mind. Even worse, sleep deprivation is linked to more serious medical issues including heart attacks, stroke, and obesity.
Don’t let lack of sleep keep you up at night. Try relaxation exercises, avoiding caffeine and turning off electronic devices an hour before bed. The more sleep you get, the less stress you will have. We think that’s a win – win.