The world of business can be cutthroat. It is no wonder then that many business students have to contend with difficult classes, long nights, and substantial workloads. More often then not, one of the first things to go when a business student is pressed for time is sleep. However, as research demonstrates again and again, sleep is one of the most important things you can get. Even something as simple as investing in a new mattress or mattress topper will help you have longer and higher quality sleep time. With that in mind, lets take a look at why business students should invest in their sleep.
A Lack Of Sleep Causes Mistakes
Even after a single night of poor sleep, you are significantly more prone to make mistake. For example, making a mistake when talking can ruin a presentation. Also, many questions found on tests are highly specific, requiring no mistake in the interpretation and problem solving required. The more sleep you miss, the more mistakes you are going to make. While some of these mistakes may not be that bad, others might cost you serious opportunities down the road.
A Lack Of Sleep Makes You Dumber
Along with increasing the chances of making mistakes, a lack of sleep slows down your response time, effectively making you dumber. It will take you longer to come up with an answer, and longer still to justify why such an answer is what it is. Along with slowing down your response time, a lack of sleep also slows down your reflexes. It is for these reasons that a lack of sleep has often been compared to drinking alcohol in terms of its impairing effects on a person.
A Lack Of Sleep Creates Ill Health Effects
Continued lack of sleep increases your stress and can lead to higher blood pressure. While not deadly by itself, missing a few nights of sleep can weaken your body, making it unable to fight off infections or sickness. As a result, you may be find yourself sick more frequently, resulting in more down time. In addition, a lack of sleep can damage your body over time as your internal organs will be working overtime without a rest. So do your body some good and get to sleep!
A Lack Of Sleep Increases Depression
While a lack of sleep does not directly create depression, it does increase the chances that you will experience depression. For individuals with a predisposition towards depression or who are otherwise going through a challenging point in their lives, a lack of sleep can make entire days incredibly challenging thanks to depression. Sometimes feelings of depression can be alleviated by taking a nap if there is not enough time to fully commit to going to sleep.
A Lack Of Sleep Ages Your Skin
Being a good businessperson means looking the part. Through sleep loss, your skin ages quicker and looks aged. You end up appearing less then healthy, which can affect business decisions when you meet people one on one. Remember, the healthier, happier, and more alert you are, the better your chances are at pretty much everything in life.
A Lack Of Sleep Makes You Forgetful
Last but not least, a lack of sleep will make you more forgetful. Along with having a slower response time and making mistakes, you will also be more forgetful until you recover that sleep. Being forget is ok is some situation. However, it can completely ruin you if you are taking an exam and cannot remember the answer you spent all last night studying for. Along with increased levels of forgetfulness comes increased stress, anxiety, and frustration.
With these reasons in mind, do yourself a favour and get a good night sleep tonight. Not only will your body thank you, but you will have more energy to meet the day head on.