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The Truth Behind Sleep and Success
Hey there, career-focused go-getters! Are you trading sleep for time “on the clock”? If you are constantly yawning and feeling drowsy by mid-day, it’s time to start paying attention. Here’s a look at how your lack of Zz’s are hindering your career goals.
Lack of Focus & Memory Loss
In today’s fast-paced world, almost 40% of adults aren’t getting enough sleep. The repercussions of this stat are pretty astounding considering the fact that the amount of sleep you get impacts everything from your immune system to your memory, and the short-term effects impact your ability to function and focus at work. According to studies supplied by our partners at the National Sleep Foundation, seven to nine hours of sleep per night is the peak performance sweet spot for adults. Some may argue that they can function on less, but the truth is that our banked bedtime hours is vital to repairing and keeping our bodies functioning. If you fall into this group, it’s time to reevaluate your rest and squeeze in your shut-eye.
Increased Stress & Poor Job Performance
Cutting back on your 40 winks can negatively affect both your physical and mental health. Your brain uses sleep to restore, rest, and recharge. If you’re surviving on a lack of Vitamin-Z, it will impair your cognitive abilities. While it may seem like you have it all under control right now, your focus will slip, job performance will slide, and your stress level will skyrocket, leading you further and further from your own success. Bottom line: delaying bedtime will impact your work sooner or later.
Inability to Reach Your Goals
Getting your sleep pays, literally! In a recent sleep study, workers who were getting less than their recommended seven to nine hours of sleep were asked to add just one hour of additional sleep more per night. The results? That one extra hour of sleep resulted in a 16% salary increase over time on average. Operating while fully rested will give you a leg up on landing that big deal, impressing a client, blowing away the boss’s expectations, or earning that promotion.
Life gets busy, we get it. Good thing working toward success includes a healthy amount of rest.Read More & Comment »
Hotels: Sleeping Cleaner While on the Road
On the plus side, staying at a hotel means that someone else is in charge of making your bed. On a slightly different note, all you can do is hope they at least washed the sheets before you arrived. We hate to bring the ick factor—but the truth is that your heavenly hotel haven can harbor bedtime bandits, like allergens and dust mite colonies, that live off of the skin cells of past guests. Worse yet? Hotels can be a breeding ground for something even more disturbing…bed bugs. Our hotel hygiene tips might just save you from sleep travel disasters.
1. Before You Leave
Pack a pillow protector—hotel rooms aren’t always as clean as we would like. You may very well be the seventh person sleeping on that bed this week. And that pillow? Who knows who (or what) has been sleeping on it! Packing a pillow protector is easy, takes up virtually no space in your suitcase, and makes a big impact on your sleep health while you’re on the road. Our PureCare pillow protectors not only provide you with a cleaner sleep surface that can help eradicate irritants in your new sleep environment, they also keep everything that is in that strange pillow IN that strange pillow! Allergens, dust mites, mold, mildew…yes, even bed bugs, are trapped, allowing you to sleep healthier.
Pack a pillowcase. Gift yourself the peace of mind of knowing that you will be hitting the hay in a healthier, cleaner sleep surface. PureCare offers a wide variety of technical textile-infused premium pillowcase sets that go beyond comfort to deliver additional wellness benefits while you sleep.
2. Once You Arrive
First things first, don’t give critters a chance to leap on board your luggage. Hold off on unpacking and take a peek around your new sleep space. Be sure to put your bags on the clothing rack to keep them off of the floor until you have inspected the room.
3. Inspect the Bed
We know that all you want to do is kick back and relax, but for sheets sake—check the bed linens! Pull back all of the blankets and linens on the bed and have a nice long look. See any signs of bugs or stains? If the sheets are in ship-shape, take a closer look at the seams of the mattress—bed bugs typically hide within the folds of the mattress. Be thorough and check all corners and sides of the bed.
4. Check for Other Signs
Oh, thank goodness—the bedding and mattress are bed bug free! Do yourself a favor and do a quick check of any upholstered furniture and curtains in your temporary abode. You may be very glad you did...
5. Wipe It Down
Do you love a good summer cold? We didn’t think so. When you stop and think about how many people have been handling the light switches, remotes, phone, etc. in your hotel room, it isn’t far-fetched to imagine that there may be some germs lingering from the previous inhabitants. Good thing you came prepared with some antibacterial hand sanitizer so you can wipe down these surfaces to ensure you are starting with a clean slate.
Traveling healthier may take a few extra steps, but boy are they worth it! Thanks for considering our wellness tips for the road and sleep tight travelers!Read More & Comment »