The Importance of Sleep

By: Coach Sara

I was talking with a coworker  today simply about how another coworker is different in the morning. We were joking about how crabby and difficult to deal with he is in during those early shifts… well aren’t we all when we don’t get enough sleep! Then we continued to talk about lack of sleep and how it affects us when we are sleep deprived.   When I don’t get enough hours of sleep my brain is foggy and does not function at the same capacity as it would if I got a restful nights sleep.  I catch myself jumbling my words when I am explaining things to clients, and I just sound goofy.  My ability to recall information is extremely low.  To counteract these moments of silly and unintelligent sentences I decided to dig deeper into setting up my sleeping schedule. 

So I needed to figure out the proper amount of hours I should get at night so that I am fully rested and ready for the next day.  I approached Jeremy with this question, to which Jeremy explained that everyone is different and it is dependent on the activities you are involved in during the day that will affect how much sleep you need at night.  Not only that but genetics are a factor, some individuals can get 5 or 6 hours of sleep and be rejuvenated, revitalized and ready to go the following morning.  While others will drag the next day on only 5 hours and they may need 7-8 to be a productive human being.  I found this information useful and interesting, and it makes sense.  I have always been one to need more sleep, but when I have those eventful days where I am training as much as I can and working a full day I definitely need my full 8 hours to be pleasant the next day.  I then took a little time to watch this TED talk to learn a little more about the brain and how sleep (or lack there of) affects it.  The video is called “One more reason to get a good night’s sleep”, which I enjoyed and really intrigued me. Now it makes sense why my brain feels foggy when I am sleep deprived, because it actually is.

 After watching this TED talk I learned that, "The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass.” So where does all the waste go?  Well after a hard days work the brain is ready to rid of all the waste it acquired that day.  Fluid in the brain called cerebrospinal fluid is responsible for coming in and gathering up all the waste from the brain cells.  But this process only happens when you are sleeping! So the brain is performing clean up duty when you are sleeping and it allows you to have better connections and quicker thought processing once all the waste is removed from your hardworking noggin. 

Get to know yourself a little better and figure out how many hours you need to feel ready to tackle the day.  Once you have done this try to schedule these hours in your week.  Make it a priority because your sleeping habits should be a priority,  they affect your entire day!  SO CATCH SOME ZZZZ’s.

Here is the TED talk: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep