We know that sleep is crucial for optimal health, but you may know someone who doesn´t sleep that much, someone who seems to do ok and go through the day while little sleep but is this possible?
First, I need to mention that we´ve all been through certain situations and days where we need to get by with little to no sleep but, this does not mean it´s optimal. Getting enough high-quality sleep is important, we need at least 6 hours of sleep every night and we need to make sure that those 6 hours are high quality.
We´ve talked on other posts about the negative impact of poor or lack of sleep, you can see some of them right the next day for example feeling tired, hard to concentrate and focus on what you are doing, cravings for unhealthy foods increase and on the long run it can lead to weight gain, diabetes and chronic diseases.
Considering the lifestyle that most of us follow which is going to school or job and sometimes, more often than not we can´t get the 7 or 8 hours recommended then you need to find tools that can help you go by with little sleep and this includes working on the other 4 principles of fitness especially food, exercise and stress, mindset is also important.
When you don´t get enough sleep your concentration, productivity and performance are negatively impacted. Unfortunately most of us can´t get by with little sleep and create works of art.
There are some steps you can take that will help you get by with little sleep but first there are some questions or points you need to consider and ask yourself to make sure that you can´t get more sleep:
1.- Think if you really need to skip sleep. Is the reason why you´re getting little sleep is really more important than sleep? There are people who get little sleep because they binge on their favorite tv show. This is a huge mistake, sleep is your priority. If the reason why is because of a school project or job then make that project a priority but, do make sure it´s not every night.
2.- Ask yourself why are you getting little sleep. It may be because of a sleep problem like insomnia, sleep apnea or other. It may be because you can´t fall asleep. On this cases you need to figure out why you can´t fall asleep and the sleep problem and work on them. You may need to see a specialist to help.
Now, there are some steps you can take that will help you improve your day and get by with little sleep:
1.- Get sunlight in the morning.
2.- Drink water, it will help you stay hydrated so you don´t feel tired and exhausted.
3.- Get physical activity, if you can get up and take a walk for a couple of minutes every 1 or 2 hours it will help.
4.- Take a nap. It will help you feel more focused, increase energy and less tired.
Even when I don´t recommend little sleep this steps are helpful for those days and situations when you really can´t get enough sleep but make sure that it´s not something that happens every week or worse, every day.
Having a sleep schedule helps you improve the quality of sleep and this is highly important, if you are going to get low quantity you need to make sure that it´s high quality and for this you need to set and alarm clock and wake up at the same time every morning. It doesn´t matter if it´s weekday or weekend you need to wake up at the same time.
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