Sarah Ohm

Sleep. It’s Important…

Hey guys,

There’s a reason, however how lame it may sound, that I don’t typically go out until late, or stay up late in general. I really love sleeping. When I don’t get enough sleep, I have a really hard time functioning at a basic level. Sleep is then all I think about, I sleep any chance I get…. I just really love getting a good amount of sleep at night. My birthday week resulted in a lack of zzz’s at night, and a recent meeting thing I had resulted in me going to bed reeeeeally late and it just totally threw me off my game the entire next day.

When someone stops me from getting sleep…. let’s just say it’s not pretty lol. That also goes for anyone who wakes me from my sleep.

Ever since I started wearing my FitBit, I always check to see how it analyzed my sleep the night before. More often than not, it tells me the amount of sleep I got is between 6 to 7 hours. I’m a super light sleeper, so I’m not surprised I don’t get the recommended 8 hours per night. I also blame my “always tiredness” on that reason as well. It’s super important to remember to try and get the standard 8 hours of sleep every night. A while ago I read the book Thrive by Arianna Huffington a while back and she talks about how she took sleeping for granted for a long time and it really took a toll on her health overall.

It’s important to get enough exercise throughout the day to ensure that you use up the extra energy that you have so you can sleep at night. It’s also important to know how your body reacts to certain foods that you eat, because even though you may not be drinking coffee or eating caffeinated foods, some foods may give you more energy and keep you awake at night, while others you may find make you a little more sleepy – which may be great right before you fall asleep.

What exactly happens to your body when you don’t get enough sleep? Each person is different of course, and each person requires a different amount of sleep each night…. what works for someone else may not work for you so it’s best to test around and find out how much sleep keeps you at your optimal energy level throughout the day. If not, you could risk having some of these things happen….

  • Lack of alertness – losing sleep at night can have a massive impact on how alert you are throughout the day. When you’re not alert, you can put yourself at risk of a lot of different things, especially if you drive or ride a bike or anything like that.
  • Memory – losing sleep can have a big impact on how well your memory works. Consistently losing sleep each night can impact even day to day items in your memory and will ultimately make you unproductive in your job.
  • Moodiness – when you lose sleep, it can impact your mood and that can impact the relationships that you have with different people. No one likes a grumpy friend every single day.
  • Life – your overall quality of life will be greatly diminished if you find yourself exhausted every single day.

With all of that being said, it’s important to make sure you make and schedule your own downtime so that you and your body get the rest that it needs.

How much sleep do you get at night? What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?

Talk to you soon,
Sarah

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