Is Sleep Deprivation Getting the Best of You?

If you’re like the average American, you’re not getting enough sleep and it’s taking its toll.  Maybe you wish you could sleep more but at night, you toss and turn, your mind running in circles solving the latest problem from work or home. Maybe you see sleep as the enemy, because how would you ever finish everything you have to get done if you actually slept 8 hours?  Or maybe you just don’t think about it and hope for the best.  If any of these sound like you, there is hope! Even those with a very busy, stressful lifestyle can learn to implement small changes that pay off in big sleep rewards.

The Cost of All That Missed Sleep

Sleep deprivation is a major problem in this country, affecting more than 1 in 3 Americans regularly. It impacts our physical and mental health and our ability to live our lives fully and show up meaningfully for our families, friends, and jobs. Chronic lack of sleep is associated with short term consequences including:

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  • Mood changes

  • Irritability

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Difficulty with learning & memory

  • Poor judgment

  • Increased risk of accident/injury

  • Increased appetite

  • Productivity losses

Long-term consequences of sleep deprivation include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Sleep disruption has also been linked to various mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and trauma. There’s growing evidence that sleep disturbances aren’t just a symptom of mental health issues but can contribute to them, as well. And there are a lot of factors in our busy lives that make it harder than ever to regularly get a good night’s sleep:

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  • Reliance on caffeine

  • Medication side effects

  • Light and noise pollution

  • Blue light from computers and smartphones

  • Intrusion of work into personal time

  • Rising stress levels

Healthier Sleep is Within Reach

Fortunately there are a number of things we can do to improve our sleep quality, and even small changes can add up to a big difference over time. Healthy Sleep 101 can show you how by demystifying some of the latest research on the importance of sleep for physical and mental health and what this means for you, the busy professional.  Learn how to use this cutting-edge science to nourish your brain with quality sleep so you can thrive at work and at home.  You’ll walk away with a set of tools to change the way you think about sleep and instantly improve your sleep quality so you can be more rested, more productive, and ready for your busy life.

For Groups: An interactive, experiential presentation suitable for small to medium groups. Includes presentation, Q&A, and take home materials for implementing material for better sleep tonight.

For Individuals: Interactive presentation plus individualized assessment of lifestyle factors contributing to sleep profile and individualized action plan for immediate improvement in sleep quality.

Want a preview of what you’ll learn about in Healthy Sleep 101? Download your free Healthy Sleep Checklist and learn simple ways you can immediately improve your sleep quality without upending your entire lifestyle.

If you’re interested in learning more about healthy sleep for yourself or your company or group, contact me and we can talk further about how healthy sleep can improve everyone’s health and wellness!