Why Getting Enough Sleep Should Be a Priority in 2018 0 243

Why Getting Enough Sleep Should Be a Priority in 2018

It’s already February 2018 which means that it’s still early enough for you to set your New Year goals, rethink priorities and start working on that New Year’s resolution that you’ve always wanted to do.

Perhaps you’ve got a new pair of leggings, cleaned up your wardrobe, started exercising more, and maybe you’ve even overhauled the contents of your fridge and have now filled it with fruits, veggies, and other healthy foods.

You’re pretty amazing for starting off the New Year with such positivity and productivity. But the thing is, you’re still forgetting one of the most overlooked and most important aspects of an individual’s health.

Can you guess what it is?  Hint: babies do it all of the time (and no it’s not crying) and it’s very important for a child’s growth.

You’ve guessed it! It’s sleep.

You know the thing that most adults never get enough of! Perhaps it’s your busy work schedule or perhaps you’re used to sleeping less and less with all the parties, drinking and clubbing that you’ve been doing. The thing is, we need quality shut-eye in our lives and you need to make time for it if you want to live a healthy life. Sleep is so important that it’s even in the Holistic Health Triangle and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

So if you plan to live a healthy lifestyle and achieve success in your life, then you’re going to need lots of sleep. A study conducted by Mattress Firm showed that sleep is the key to healthy habits.  It showed that people who exercise for more than four hours a day tend to make it a priority to sleep early and also wake up early. In short, these people sleep a whole lot better.

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People who exercise for more than four hours a day tend to make it a priority to sleep

The director of Duke University’s sleeping program, Dr. Sujay Kansagra has advised that failing to get the recommended hours of sleep (7 to 9 hours) is seriously detrimental to one’s health.

Dr. Kansagra says that people who are sleep deprived are often more prone to poor heart health, weakened immunity, poor diet, and they often fall into bad habits that are detrimental to one’s health.

Dr. Kansagra also added that sleep deprivation also affects the mind. People who are sleep deprived aren’t just cranky, often times they are prone to mood swings, depression, irritability, lack of focus, and irrational behavior.

So in short, lack of sleep makes you prone to health problems ranging from heart conditions to a weakened immune system. But it doesn’t stop there because lack of sleep also makes you irrational, cranky, moody, and gives you the focus and mental capacity of a primate.

If these things don’t convince you to get enough sleep, then we don’t know what will!

If you want to be the healthiest that you can be, then make sure to get the recommended hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep is almost impossible in modern times with our busy work schedules, stress, and anxiety.

But if you can’t sleep 7-9 hours a day, then there’s still hope. You can make up for the lost hours by improving the quality of your sleep.

Why Getting Enough Sleep Should Be a Priority
Why Getting Enough Sleep Should Be a Priority

Here are some methods to increase the quality of your sleep

  • No gadgets or tech before going to sleep

Dr. Kansagra says that sleep is often a flexible part of our schedule and we often sacrifice it for other activities like work, social events, and other hobbies.

New flash guys:  You’re not in college anymore! You don’t have the vitality to go partying, pulling out all-nighters, or binge-watching a series all night long. If you plan to do those things, then expect to take a major blow to your health.

Sorry to say this, but watching late night Netflix shows or using your phone late at night is a big no-no.

This doesn’t mean that you have to abstain from touching your phone or avoid checking up your emails late at night.

Dr. Kansagra simply recommends that you don’t come into contact with the blue light that computers and handheld devices make for at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Facebook, Instagram, and Netflix can wait until early in the morning.

  • Make sure that you’re comfortable

Good sleep means more energy, better mood, and overall a better you. And to get this “better you”, you just have to make sure that you’re not sleeping on a hard and uncomfortable bed.

That’s right, you need to replace that cheap and uncomfortable mattress with something better. Because the right mattress can determine whether you get to sleep well or not.

Dr. Kansagra even agrees with this. He says that the right mattress can get you into a nice comfortable sleeping mood. And if you are comfortable at night, then it would far easier for you to enter the deeper stages of sleep and wake up fully energized and refreshed.

If you’re looking for good mattresses, then check out Mattress Firm.  They have a huge assortment of mattresses from well-known brands like Beautyrest, Seta, Dream Bed Lux and so much more. You’ll find the comfiest mattresses here.

But you don’t have to stop there! You can make it easier to sleep by using lavender essential oils to put you in a sleepy mood. You can even get a stuffed toy and cuddle with Mr. Snuggles if it helps you sleep at night.

  • Get Sweaty

Have you ever wondered why it’s so easily falling asleep after having sex? It’s not because you had the time of your life (although it’s part of the reason though ;)), it’s because you worked up a sweat doing all of those naughty things.

Sex is considered to be a form of exercise. And a study by Mattress Firm shows that adults who exercise more are prone to sleep early and fall asleep easily.

That means that you’re nightly “sexy time” sessions with your partner is helping you sleep better.

But you don’t have to limit yourself to sex. You can hit the gym or do some laps in your local park. Not only will you have a stronger, faster, and fitter body but you will also have better sleep as well.

Also, here’s a great post we recommend – 8 Tips for Developing Good Habits (And Keeping Them)

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How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Your Sanity 0 285

How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Your Sanity

Companies idealize hard work and some even promise that you get compensated well without sacrificing your sanity.  But let’s be honest here, ok.  In the modern world, we know better. Most of us know that a lot of things are fake and that it’s hard to keep it real. In short, it’s hard to be authentic.

We eat more than we need. We buy overpriced coffee because of the brand. We buy cool looking t-shirts that we hardly ever use, and we waste our time watching mindless movies. Society dictates that we must keep a certain image.

Yes, you might be following the trends, but deep inside you feel empty. Deep inside, you feel you are a fraud.

The “more is more” lifestyle

You may be familiar with the “more is more” lifestyle. The more we have the better we are.  We often apply this lifestyle to our work as well. We clock in at the earliest possible time, then we work ourselves to death until we go crazy! In fact, people who sacrifice their lives are often branded as star employees!

I’m not telling you that this lifestyle is bad. In fact, if you keep working like this, you’ll eventually earn more money than your coworkers. However, your coworkers would probably be happier and healthier than you. Is that a good tradeoff?

Well if you don’t like to live like this, then I have good news for you. You can still be a hard worker and keep your sanity. You can work hard all day and do overtime without losing sight of who you are. You can even be successful and still be a nice guy (but that’s for another article).

So what’s your point?

What I’m trying to say here is that you can enjoy work even if you’re constantly on overtime. You don’t have to be fake, you can be who you are.

Of course, you still have to do your job well and impress your boss. Here are some tips and tricks to help maintain your sanity.

  1. Learn when to say “No”

Don’t be a Yes man/ Yes woman. Your friend might ask for help on their project. You really want to help them but you’re also burdened by projects as well. Some people would sacrifice their own time and work to help a friend out. Sure, you’ll be a good friend when you help them out but you’ll probably be reprimanded for not doing your job.

If you sacrifice yourself, then you’re going to miss deadlines and produce shoddy work. You may even lose your job for it!

Don’t be a martyr. Prioritize yourself before helping others. Remember that you can’t really help people out if you can’t even help yourself.

  1. Learn when to say “Yes”

After learning when to say “No”, you have to learn when to say “Yes”. To be more precise, you should know when you should help people out.

When you lend a helping hand, you are providing value to your colleagues. People will rely on you more, and your boss might see potential in you.  If you help people regularly, then you will most likely be put in a leadership role.

That means you’ll be spending more time managing people and less time doing menial labor.

  1. Take small breaks from time to time

Yes, this might seem pretty obvious but you’ll be surprised to see that most people don’t even take breaks when they’re stressed out. This is a recipe for disaster.

If you think that you’ve had enough, then STOP. Don’t think about the consequences, don’t think about your schedule, and don’t think about getting fired. Just STOP. Let go and take a break.

Once you’ve calmed down, then get back to work. You’ll find out that you’re more productive and more likely to get the job done.

  1. Focus

One of the reasons why you’re taking too long would be because you aren’t focused enough. I often waste my time replying to useless email and surfing on the internet. I know that it’s a bad habit but sometimes it helps me think that I’m being productive.

Well, to tell you the truth, I was only using it as an excuse to slack off and not do my job.

If you want to stay as sane as possible, then you have to do your job as quickly as possible.

  1. Be active during meetings

You miss a lot when you’re not paying attention. If you fail to ask questions or be passive during meetings, then things really won’t go your way.

You can express your concerns, your opinions, and even your feelings during meetings. You might not get what you want all the time but there’s a slight chance that you might have your way.

Get out there and be active.

  1. Keep contact with your boss from time to time

Most workers fear their employer. In fact, some employees do whatever they can to avoid talking to their boss.  And when they do meet their boss, they usually nod in affirmation and agree with everything that their boss says. If you’re doing this, then let me tell you one thing. You’re making a huge mistake.

Sure, you’ll feel less awkward and less pressured but you’re also sacrificing your productivity as well. You need to meet regularly with your boss and contact them from time to time. This is very important because you’ll be more informed to get the job done.

You will finish your work faster if you ask for your boss’s opinion and advice. And you will have good relations with your boss as well. Don’t let the fear of interacting with your boss get in the way of your productivity.


Well, those are some tips and tricks to help keep your sanity during work. Going crazy is a big no-no. Sure, it may be hard to keep your sanity if you’re missing tons of deadlines but if you know how to deal with it, then you can minimize the damage.

Remember that these are just tips and tricks. The best way to keep your sanity while working is to prioritize your well-being first. Eat healthily, sleep as much as you can, and exercise regularly.

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Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace 0 326

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Honesty is the best policy is an old but well-known proverb. It certainly is and a lot of people believe it. People will always appreciate the honesty of another.

However, the truth is uncomfortable to talk about, especially when you’re in an office set up. Business relationships are always built in a way where you need to put on a false persona. You need to save face and most of the time you have to hide who you really are.

Many professionals have to put up with this because authenticity in the workplace is something that can’t be easily achieved. No matter what your background is, the cold and honest (ironic huh?) truth remains that you have to hide your real persona.

Being authentic at work might trigger other people. You will be the target of envy, of scorn, and you will be an outcast.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

What now?

So what does freedom in work actually mean? Does it mean having a pantry filled with things that you can eat at your own leisure? Does it mean having a dress code that allows you to come into the office while your favorite hoodie and sweatpants?

This is true for some people but to many others, it means being able to bring out who they truly are without having to fear to be an outcast. It means that’s they can simply be themselves. The question now presents itself, how do we achieve this for everyone?

We are all made up of layers

In this age, if you don’t act like other people or do what other people do, then you are already a target for scorn. Your unique perspective and actions aren’t really accepted by corporations and businesses.

People who come from the LGBTQ+ community or married individuals who choose not to have children may find that even the simplest of questions could open up a hazardous path leading to awkward office conversations. These people may be forced to answer a question that they don’t want to answer.

Questions like “when do you plan on having kids?” or “are you really gay?” are inquiries that people who fall under the spectrum of being ‘different’ have to deal with every day.  And honestly, it can get very tiring after a while.

Even if you aren’t technically hiding your sexual orientation, people will always still want you to magically conform to the norms of society. They may be thinking that asking questions like this might magically make you change your mind on whatever you’ve already set your heart on. To be honest, this never works.

The Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio, LaFawn Davis says that “We are all intersectional, meaning all have layers with which we identify. There can also be negative and long-term impact on intersectional technologists from expending the energy to determine whether or not all their layers will be welcomed or excluded”

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

The Pressure to Cover

In day to day office conversations, a non-conforming person may find themselves straining their minds. They are always burdened because they are always trying to think of ways to communicate with other co-workers without offending any of them.

An example of this would be, someone who does not have any interest in the importance of marriage or relationships in general. This person would have to find a way to explain that they are not interested in other people without offending the inquirer. In some cases, the non-conformist will have to evade the question altogether.

In tow with evading a conversation, individuals who find themselves in this type of situation commonly resort to talking about another co-worker. Not from ill intent, but from the perspective that this would be the only way to change the topic.

Of course, this is easier said than done. For the non-conformist, it would be hardly able to shake off the innate feeling of wanting to be different. One could not simply toss aside the feeling of being authentic. But, to talk about taboo things in the office would only lead to more complications.

Research shows that the act of ‘covering’, or the act of someone downplaying their differences from the norm actually affects the workforce badly. 3000 employees in over 20 large US firms had a turnout of 61% of employees that had faced implicit pressure to cover up their true selves in some way. While 50% of employees said that the pressure had disappeared because of their commitment to the company.

However, this practice still has a negative effect on people. This practice hinders the performance of the workers, and it could drain the individual in the process. Covering is also seen as a leading cause of attrition, with over 1000 casualties in companies.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Lead with Empathy

The best solution to this persistent problem is to develop safer and friendlier environments for people who fall under the spectrum of ‘non-conforming’. Leading with empathy includes implementing inclusive values, such as respecting an individual’s preferred pronouns.

To an employee, the people with the most influence are their supervisors. Once their team managers make them feel like their needs are acknowledged and that they’ve established that they are in a safe zone, then these individuals will feel less of an outcast and less likely to leave the company. Authentic concern for employees always produces good results, whether or not they are classified into the minority.

Supervisors must also strive to lead by example. Once someone from a higher position starts setting a new norm, their subordinates will start picking up on the habit. If everyone in the company starts being their true to themselves without having to hide behind a mask, then the company can slowly become a safe and conducive environment.

Being ‘authentic’ in this world is a hard feat to accomplish, but staying open and humble in a conversation helps in trying to make authenticity become the new norm. There is no single answer to the existing problem but if leaders lead with bravery and trust, they are sure to herd the industry into the right path.

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