Yesterday I was talking to a potential client, who was bit unsure and hesitant about working with me, so I decided to ask her a few questions regarding her current lifestyle habits.
Because let’s face it, our diet and lifestyle habits are often one of the firsts thing to turn pear- shaped when we begin working 24/7!
But I also I asked her this question:
“Do you really understand some of the consequences of poor sleep? Like really understand some of the consequences?”
Like many shift workers – she didn’t.
I mean she’d certainly heard about them, but had chosen to either ignore them or had gone into “oh, that won’t happen to me mode” – like so many people who work 24/7 do.
So let’s share some of the consequences of poor and/or insufficient sleep – and how it raises your risk of developing certain health conditions:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Weight Gain
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Cognitive Decline
- Depleted Immune system
- Strained Relationships … to name a few!
Not to mention, we’re more likely to become reliant on sleep medications – many of which are not designed for long term use, and can come with some nasty side-effects.
Worse still, when we haven’t had sufficient quality sleep – we’re prone to making mistakes and/or being involved in an accident when we’re tired.
Multiple studies have shown that even moderate sleep deprivation produces impairments equivalent to those of alcohol intoxication. After 17 to 19 hours without sleep, performance is equivalent or worse than that of a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.05 percent. This effectively makes you a drunk driver – without having a single drop of alcohol.
So please keep this in mind the next time you decide to sign up for a double shift!
Quite simply, there isn’t one area of your life that IS NOT affected by lack of sleep.
Now if you’ve been following my work for a while, you know that your health is important to me. Gosh, I even walked away from a career that I loved, in order to go back to “school” and learn all that I could about shift work health, so that I could then go on, and help as many people as I could.
Right now, I’m looking for a handful of people who are committed to taking care of their sleep (and health), and are prepared to do whatever it takes NOT TO become one of the “sleep deprived statistics” that I’ve shared above.
On the other hand, if you don’t care about raising your risks of developing cardiovascular disease, gaining weight, developing Type 2 Diabetes and/or having a depleted immune system – at least do it for the sake of your relationships and/or family. I’m sure they don’t want you to become one of those statistics – even if you don’t!
And now for the good news.
I’ve just opened up limited spots for the beta launch of my ‘7 Day Better Sleep Kickstart Program’ to take people through a step-by-step process to improve their sleep – despite working 24/7.
So if you care about your health, then let’s talk.
Book your Better Sleep Strategy session with me today (it’s Free!) by Clicking Right Here – and let’s get your sleep (and health) sorted once and for all!
P.S: If you don’t believe me when I say that sleep affects us in this way, feel free to read the research article below as it goes into great detail of some of the short-term and long-term health consequences of poor sleep. The reality is, we can no longer afford to ignore the importance of sleep, and how it affects our overall health and wellbeing. If we do, it’s only a matter of time before our health begins to suffer.
Medic, G, Wille, M & Hemels, M 2017, ‘Short and long-term health consequences of sleep disruption’, Nature and Science of Sleep, vol. 9, pp. 151-161.