What if I told you there was a solution to improve your attention, enchance your decision making, and reduce unhealthy temptations? And, best of all, it doesn’t require medication or a drastic lifestyle change? According to a recent study, the answer is good sleeping habits—which includes going to bed at the same time each night, staying away from caffeine late in the afternoon, and giving yourself time to unwind before bedtime.
The study was led by Professor June Pilcher and published in the journal Frontiers of Human Neuroscience. Pilcher explains that “many aspects of our daily lives can be affected by better-managed sleep and self-control capacity. Improved health and worker performance are two potential benefits, but societal issues such as addictions, excessive gambling and over spending could also be more controllable when sleep deficiencies aren’t interfering with one’s decision making.”
With our busy lives and hectic schedules, many of us view sleep as a luxury instead of a priority. The problem is that sleep deprivation impacts every area of your life, from your mental to your physical health. So it’s important to make sure you get sufficient shut-eye. Your mind and body will thank you.
Continue reading for tips on falling asleep fast and releasing stress for a good night’s sleep.
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Sleep is SO taken for granted… and sometimes lack of it is ALSO taken for granted as we plow through the non-stop work day. Thanks for the science-grounded reminder NOT to stay up to watch late night TV!