One good night’s sleep = £ 120,000 ?

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I remember the time when I didn’t sleep well at all – it lasted for years, and it felt like even longer!

Trying to drag myself out of bed in the morning was bad. But the thing that caused me the most pain wasn’t the tiredness itself, but the mistakes I made because of my tiredness.

When we are barely functioning, the mistakes we make in our waking hours can be cringe-worthy when we look back on them with fresh eyes. But at the time, it’s all we can do just to make it through the day, getting home safely without nodding off on public transport.

Mistakes can be costly too. I remember my residual state of lateness resulting in many taxi fares (because I missed the train), or missed appointments that I then had to pay cancellation fees for.

Accordingly to a study of over 30,000 people recently published by the University of Warwick, a good night’s sleep is worth £ 120,000.

That’s a staggering amount of money!

How much is your good night’s sleep worth to you?

In my research I have talked to people about the knock-on effects of lost sleep. I commonly hear stories from subjects about financial loss, not just due to a lack of organisation as in my example above, but from sickness and loss of earnings.

Perpetual tiredness and stress are common factors in a whole host of serious health conditions. And once you reach that point, there is little hope of recouping lost earnings through taking on more work – you are too sick. As the saying goes, that ship has sailed!

Have you ever had a health scare?

If you did, can you remember what it cost you in loss of earnings, and perhaps even fees if you had private treatment? It’s quite shocking how easily things start to unravel without our health in tact.

So what can you do?

From personal experience, the answer is to change your whole approach. This is not just about the small stuff like what time you go to bed, but you need to look at the big picture.

If the problem is caused by stress, rushing, trying to do too much in one day, then not recharging at night… then the solution is planning, not rushing, and taking a more grounded approach to life as a whole.

Have you heard the saying, “More haste, less speed”?

This saying has been around for generations, and literally means you should slow down a little to get more done. Haste usually results in mistakes, which in the end cost you more time, and often money too.

Pacing yourself and planning ahead will get you further in a day, meaning you can go to bed at night with the satisfaction of having ticked more off your to-do list.

Wouldn’t that help you to sleep better?

I believe that working on your sleep and your health is an investment in your future.

When you are rested you are powerful.

You have energy, positivity, and the brainpower to deal with whatever life throws at you.

You wouldn’t run a car on empty, never refuelling or taking it for a service. It would of course break down. So please don’t do it to yourself either.

Invest in yourself and I know that you will feel the benefits physically, emotionally and financially.

Wishing you sweet dreams and good health!

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