Take a Rest From Your Labors

In celebration of Labor Day, September 6, 2010

Americans are running short of sleep. We have carried the “do more with less” attitude from our work and personal lives into our sleep schedules. In the quest to get more done, many people cut back on sleep hours, believing that losing an hour or two of sleep won’t make much difference.

Enjoying Our Labors

Sleep is important for our minds and bodies to work properly. It affects our ability to think clearly and to recall ideas and experiences from the past, and to deal with challenges and stressors encountered throughout the day. When we’re short on sleep, the proverbial mole hill tends to look more like a mountain.

Medical professionals remind us that sleep is important to good health. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of frequent headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

This Labor Day weekend, take time to reflect on your labors and prioritize your schedule to ensure you have adequate time for sleep.

Are you getting enough hours of sleep each night? How many hours of sleep do you average each day? Share your feedback and I’ll gather the information for a future blog. –Ken