This might seem like an odd question, but have you ever given much thought to whether you’re getting the right amount of sleep? You’d be surprised at how much our bodies can be struggling without us realizing and in the lead up to New York Fashion Week, here at Boon Models (one of the top up and coming New York modeling agencies ) we believe that you should be taking care of yourself first and foremost before anything else.
So let me ask you this: are you an early bird, who gets up happily at the crack of dawn? Or are you – like a much larger portion of the population – pressing your ‘snooze’ button continuously in the hope that the nightmare idea of getting up might just go away? Your answer to this isn’t exactly a defining factor as to whether you’re getting enough sleep or not because there are pros and cons for both sides. It is however useful to know which side of the spectrum you fit into because it could be that you are adopting the wrong approach to your sleep pattern.
There is significant evidence out there to underline that all of our individual sleep patterns and needs are different. Some of us can get by on 6 hours a night and some of us feel we need closer to 9. But does this have an impact on our productivity during the day? People who are considered early-risers are often described as more productive than those who aren’t, but at the same time display more symptoms of stress and anxiety as the end of the day approaches. On the other side of the argument, late-risers display an altogether more laid back temperament, but are not proven to be as fruitful in their labors. If you were to go on this evidence alone, then it would seem that people who get more sleep are happier yet less industrious… But this is not always the case.
Whilst the sleep benchmark for adults (aged 18-64) is described as 7-9 hours, as we’ve stated before: every individual is different. Therefore, too much sleep can actually end up being counterproductive for some people, resulting in a ‘groggy’ feeling where you don’t feel like you can truly wake yourself up without vices such as coffee.
So what is there to do if you don’t feel your sleep pattern is quite right? Well our first advice if you feel there is a real issue (such as insomnia) would be to seek advice from your doctor. But secondly, if things aren’t quite so serious but you fancy a change, why not try switching things up a bit? For example, if you are an early-riser then why not try giving yourself twenty minutes extra in bed and see if that helps your mood in the afternoons? Or even better, if you’re working from home, then why not try out a strategic ten-minute power nap on your lunch break? Furthermore, if you are one of those late-risers, that takes the chance of more sleep whenever they can get it, then how about turning your schedule on its head and voluntarily waking up an hour earlier? This could be the best, most productive thing you’ve ever done and you might never look back.
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