The latest research indicates that a chronic lack of sufficient sleep can increase the chances of developing dementia type diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease can cut short or ruin careers and can spoil retirements.
Alzheimer’s disease is only one of many personal health and accident risk dangers than can be brought on by a chronic lack of sleep. Some of the accident risks can be of the magnitude of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Some workaholics believe that they cannot afford to get sleep enough because they are making sacrifices at work for their families. They should consider, however, the sacrifices their family members might someday have to make for them. Caretakers can be more stressed than the loved ones for whom they are caring. Nursing home expenses can quickly delete any family savings.
Other workaholics might believe that they must work as much overtime or as many part time jobs as they can work so that they will make enough money for their families to survive. Instead of trying continually to make more money, however, these workaholics should try to cut back on expenses.
Too many people find it hard to fit the many work and family commitments into their days. Thus, to accomplish all they want to accomplish, they end up sleeping less. Such people should deal with their overloads with better stress management, organization, prioritization, and more delegation of their responsibilities.
Some people have developed poor sleep habits that rob them of refreshing sleep. There are good strategies they can use, however, to develop good sleep habits. They must learn the difference between bad sleep habits, such as the long term use of sleeping pills, and good sleep habits such as stress management. Professional help also is available at sleep centers.
Outgoing people often stay up for late night social events and get home too late to get an adequate amount of sleep. They should adopt a philosophy that includes long range hedonism instead of one that includes only short range hedonism. A balance of long and short term hedonism is critical to human happiness.
An adequate amount of refreshing sleep is one of the pillars of good health. Author Elizabeth Rudnick once said, “Time to start getting more sleep. This beautiful physique needs royal treatment.”
Do you have any problems getting enough sleep? What effect does this lack of sleep have on your life? Please comment below.