In today world that high productivity is not just the decisive factor to becoming successful but is obligatory for continued growth and development , little attention is paid to the consequences of not observing the proportionate amount of rest after putting in very long hours on the job to keep the body functioning optimally.
We all certainly not just believe that hard work pays, but are constantly encouraged to work long hours to achieve and even surpass our set goals to remain relevant and competitive in our various endeavors. We accept as true that resilience is when we work until there is no more strength left in us.
The brutal reality is that if we achieve all our goals without observing the needed balance to give rest to our bodies , we are doing our self disservice to be unproductive as time goes on.
Whether you are an athlete, entrepreneur, workplace employee or even a writer , you must set time to observe your rest and have proper amount of sleep to keep the body functioning properly.
According to Spiegel, “Chronic sleep debt is becoming increasingly common and affects millions of people in more-developed countries”.
This day, the full demand of our jobs makes many of us to deprive ourselves of sleep and enough rest in order to get more things done. Tiredness steel more from us because it impairs our attention. Added to the stress of our jobs is the fact that most of us spend a large chunk of our resting time to stay active on the social media.
According to Hans, “Even modest amounts of sleep loss lead to increased sleepiness on the job, during the commute, and at home – jeopardizing productivity, safety, and well-being. Individual differences in these effects are substantial”.
Therefore, rest is necessary so that the brain and the muscles can repair, rebuild, and strengthen our bodies.
For us to be more productive and healthy, we have to ensure that our bodies and minds recover from the everyday obligations imposed by our demanding jobs
When we wake up in the morning after a good night sleep ,we tend to be more attentive, more happy and more willing to solve daunting problems.
For us to achieve true recovery, we need to need not only to rest when we get home and lie down to sleep but also devise plans to give our brains some time to recuperate after activities that are strenuous during the day time.
We should ensure that we create time everyday for activities that will help us to relax like playing sports, dancing or playing our favorite music ; reading our favorite novels, watching comedies or even meditation. All we need to do is to find interesting stuffs that we like that will completely take our minds off the stress of work at the duration we set for our selves
Therefore for us to continue to be productive , we have to remember that we need to know when to stop and recharge our systems in order to recover and be able to face the next obligation with maximum concentration and as a result achieve the right balance between productivity and rest and feel good about ourselves and our work.
Spiegel K, Leproult R Van Coulter E
Impact of sleep debt on metabolic and endocrine function, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
Hans P.A Van , PhD., Human Sleep and Cognition Laboratory
National Center for Biochemical Information