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Sleep is NOT for the Weak
by On April 19, 2017

If you don’t get enough sleep at night, you will most definitely feel groggy the next day. Exaggerated yawns and tired eyes are just the beginning of negative effects of sleep deprivation. Over time, much worse things can happen if you continually get less than a solid 8 hours. For example, a sleep deprived person may have serious emotional problems.

There is not set formula for how many hours of missed sleep makes you sleep deprived. Everyone will feel the effects of insomnia in different ways. But, if a person doesn’t feel alert and awake in the morning, they are considered deprive of sleep. Not only can sleep deprivation lead to emotional problems but an array of physical problems as well. Interestingly, the effects take such a toll that is considered unethical to force deprivation on another individual. For this reason, when studies on sleep deprivation are done the subjects are very closely monitored in a medically safe environment. Studies like this are important, however, because it helps researchers understand how vital sleep is for mental and physical health.

Emotional Rollercoaster

In the beginning, the effects of sleep deprivation are on the smaller scale. Although, it’s obvious that when you’re tired your brain just doesn’t seem to work as well. Even the smallest amount of sleep deprivation can influence cognitive and emotional function. Usually, the effects of sleep deprivation are first seen as being unable to show positive emotion on your face. In addition, sleep deprived people will also have a hard time recognizing other people as happy too. In fact, to them, a happy person may look like they have a neutral expression. Most of the time, a neutral expression can be interpreted as negative. So sleep deprivation can really skew reality. Plus, someone who is deprived of sleep may have a hard time dealing with disappointment.

Microsleeps

Another result of sleep deprivation is what’s called microsleeps. These are essentially little sleep sessions and can last up to 30 seconds. When someone falls into a microsleep they might even still have their eyes open. The scary thing about microsleeps is the person is basically blind, and unable to process information. This can be incredibly dangerous, especially if you’re operating heavy machinery or driving.

Delirium

A lot of people say that after a sleepless night they feel a little loopy. When it comes to really extreme cases, people can even experience delirium. But actual delirium is when a person becomes totally and completely disoriented. In the ICU of hospitals, some patients get what is called ICU delirium. This occurs because there are lights and sounds that continue all day and night. Some doctors even believe that the worst thing you could do for someone who is sleep deprived is put them in a hospital. It’s actually very common for many patients to develop insomnia.

Hallucinations

Lastly, another side effect of chronic sleep deprivation is seeing things or hallucinations. Whether or not true hallucinations happen as a result of being sleep deprived is still an unanswered question. Although, your mind can definitely play tricks on you which can be scary.

Hit the Snooze Button

If all of these effects of sleep deprivation doesn’t make you want to immediately take a nap, maybe some positives will. Those that get a full 8 hours a night can look forward to increased mental clarity. Plus, a good amount of sleep can help you learn new things easier and improves memory retention. A lot of people would agree, being fully rested helps you live a more enjoyable life. Sleep is good for the brain, but also the body. Athletes who are well rested perform much better, and those hoping to lose weight have more success.

“You got the spreadsheets? Your zen?”: Meditation in the Workplace
by On April 5, 2017

Nothing. Millions of dollars are flooding into meditation: the industry of essentially teaching people how to do nothing. So, why not incorporate that into my blogs? Ready? Breathe deep. Close your eyes. Say, “Om.”

Okay, so it might be a little harder than that: actually, way harder than that, and that’s because meditation is a legitimate practice. It’s recent trip from hippy taboo to mainstream trend is in large part due to studies showing legitimate benefits to practitioners well-being.

 

These developments in this niche of the health and fitness industry provide a lot of opportunities. Innovators and high level executives have long used meditation to increase their own performance, and with the right culture in place, you and your employees can reap those same benefits by practicing meditation in the workplace.

Meditation and Business Skills

The exact boost that meditation provides is so intangible that it is tough for many to describe. However it boils down to increased focus, determination, and compassion. Meditation provides a forum for you and your employees to ground yourselves and eliminate distractions that hinder performance. It also can reinforce purpose, motivating a workforce. Lastly, it can take others outside themselves to see the troubles of others, taking teamwork from a cliché poster to an actual practice in the office.

How to Incorporate Meditation in Business

Meditation in the workplace does not have to be a time consuming affair. Granted, the greater emphasis you put on it, the greater benefits you will receive, but if focused meditation sessions can be as short as two minutes. Employers don’t even have to invest money into learning or teaching meditation. Riding meditation’s wave of popularity, two very popular apps, Headspace and OMG I Can Meditate! , have made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to have access to a spiritual guide.

 

What’s more important than the investment of resources, is simply creating a culture that emphasizes well-being, where employees can dedicate ten minutes to meditation without feeling guilty for not staring at their screen.

Meditation may just be the health world’s latest fad, but it’s benefits have long been what great companies foster in their employees. Those that can cut through the connotations and unneeded fluff of meditation, can use the tool to drive success.