Pop quiz: It’s almost midnight and you still have three emails to answer, two loads of laundry to fold and a stack of dirty dishes to wash. Do you a.) stay up two hours later to get everything done, or b.) get some rest, to-do list be damned? If you’re like us, you’ll probably choose to stay up until 2 a.m. to get everything done. (Ugh.) And even if you do decide to abandon your chores and get some sleep, you’ll probably feel super guilty about getting the rest you need.
It’s time to say goodbye to that unhealthy 2020 mindset. In 2021, we’re resolving to improve our sleep-care. Haven’t you heard? It’s the new self-care. And that’s because getting adequate sleep has been scientifically proven to improve almost every area of our lives, including increased productivity and cognitive function at work, more energy when you’re playing with your kids (or fur babies) and an overall calmer and happier mood all day long.
Don’t believe us? In a comprehensive sleep study conducted by the University of Turku in Finland in 2007, people who were sleep deprived had reduced reaction time, a more limited ability to pay attention, difficulty with both short- and long-term memory, trouble with logical reasoning and critical thinking and were not able to switch between tasks as easily (we’re looking at you, type-A multitasker on five hours of sleep). Even though you technically know you should be getting more rest, it’s time to stop short-changing yourself. Unless you are making an effort to get a full night of quality sleep, you are not giving your body the optimal time to rest and recover for the day ahead.