Do you know the most common response I hear from friends and family members when I ask how things are going? "Crazy busy." That's what they say. It's not just "busy"... it's "CRAZY busy," as in way more than busy. Like so busy that it's just crazy!

Do you ever give that response?

Probably. We all do. Life these days is busy. There are limited hours in a day, and those hours are filled with things to get done.

With ever-expanding schedules, we're often faced with the need to drop some things, and right at the top of that list is, you guessed it: sleep. Sleep is, more often than not, the first sacrifice on the chopping block. We give it up for late nights and early mornings in the name of getting things done.

But is it really helping us get things done?

A study published in The Lancet proved that sleep-deprived individuals took 14% longer to complete a task and made 20% more errors doing it than did the individuals who were well-rested. When we are sleep-deprived, we're not only slower doing something, but think about the time we lose having to go back and clean up the mess we've made.

More and more, experts are learning about the effects that sleep (or lack of it) have our brains. Sleep allows our minds to work at their optimal levels. We work smarter and faster when we are properly rested, which means that our sleep should be the priority, not the sacrifice in our crazy busy lives.

In Shawn Stevenson's Sleep Smarter, he offers this tip:

“When you know you have a big task, project, or event coming up, pull out a calendar and plan ahead how you can get your ideal number of sleep hours in.

And that's our challenge for you today. Put sleep first. You'll be healthier, happier, and you'll get more done.

If you want to learn more about how you can optimize your health through good sleep, come in and see us.