Your parents always said you needed your rest, but did you know that not getting your Z's could actually be costing you big bucks?
That's right, folks: not getting enough sleep can hurt more than your health.
- Poor sleepers spend an average of $4200 more on medical costs.
- Insomniacs visit both doctors and hospitals twice as often as those who sleep properly.
- People with poor sleep habits are three times more likely to miss work.
- According to a US Navy study, insomniacs are promoted less often and are more likely to leave their job.
- Essential job skills like problem solving, creativity, and ability to handle stress are severly affected when you're deprived of sleep.
- Going 24 hours without sleep impairs a driver as much as a blood alcohol level of .10. Remember, in many states DWI means 'driving while impaired', not driving while intoxicated.
So, anyone care to do the math?
Take into consideration co-pays for office visits and possibly a prescription sleep aid. Perhaps even a new space-age mattress, a white noise machine, or over the counter sleep-aids.
Add in the effect of missing work and lackluster performance on the job and the resulting lack of promotion and raise
And heaven forbid a car accident while groggy, resulting in hospital bills and possibly even a DWI conviction.
Think staying up an extra hour is still worth it?
For those of you that have a hard time sleeping, try some of these ideas:
- Try meditating when you lie down to go to sleep.
- Create a sleep ritual of relaxing activities before you go to bed (i.e. a cup of tea, a hot shower, brushing your hair) that you do every night. Not only will they help you relax, but they will eventually be activities that cue your body that it's time to go to sleep.
- Tell yourself a goodnight story. Even better, try playing the scene out in your head. Chances are the story will turn into a dream in no time.
- Investigate the concept of the power nap. Some researchers think our bodies are designed for a little cat-nap sometime between 1pm and 4pm, often called the 'siesta hours'. Try taking a 15-20 minute nap sometime during those hours. Personally, I take a later lunch around 1pm anyways, so it's easy to set the alarm on my cell-phone and rest my eyes during my lunch hour.