Don’t just do something – sleep! How Sleep Increases Mental Health

Busy people often view sleep as the enemy. Why sleep when you can get things done? International finance, trading or running a large multinational can make sleep seem like a terrible career decision.

Wrong.

In fact, somewhat counter-intuitively perhaps, getting a good night’s sleep is the best way to increase your performance.

In “Sleep: The World’s Best Performance Enhancer” we read that ‘chronic sleep loss of 2-4 hours per day for 2 weeks has been found to degrade performance to the same extent as 24-48 hours of total sleep deprivation.”

Aimed at professional athletes, this article reminds us that ‘studies continue to show that failure to obtain adequate and consistent restful sleep is associated with attention deficits, memory problems, mood disturbances, and impaired mental performance’.

That’s one reason why sleep hygiene is an important part of an overall wellness plan at The Banyans. Sleeping well is an important part of what living well feels like. Sleep also helps you get things done so as a business focus, it’s an incredibly important (yet normally overlooked) part of business improvement.

According to Russell Foster, a circadian neuroscientist who studies sleep, we are three times more likely to have creative productive ideas when we have had a good night’s sleep!

More than being an important business improvement factor, sleep is also important for mental health.

In this Ted Talk, Foster discusses why we sleep, how much sleep we need, discusses tips for getting a good night’s sleep and how sleep and mental wellbeing are linked.

A personally designed wellness program in a residential setting can assist those looking for a private, confidential residence with therapeutic support.  The Banyans Wellness Residence has welcomed women of all ages and professional backgrounds, and provides excellent biopsychosocial support in a warm and caring environment.

Designed for integrated restoration, and with an expert team of therapists, health practitioners and wellness coaches, The Banyans Health and Wellness Residence is a place where body and soul prosper in an environment of rest, wellness, and inspired living.

Call us now on 1300 BANYAN (1300 226 926) or email welcome@thebanyans.com.au for a confidential discussion about how you or someone you care about can benefit from The Banyans.