Tired of Being Tired? Chronic Fatigue Affects You and Your Business

Tired of Being Tired?

Chronic fatigue affects you and your business

Lack of sleep is often attributed as a sign of hard work and competitive spirit. Unfortunately, as business owners, we often under estimate the power of a good night’s rest.

The reality is if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t possibly take care of your business.

Big Trouble:
• Gaining Weight: Lack of sleep affects insulin levels. This means increased hunger and high carb cravings leading to weight gain, even with exercise.

• Heart Health: A 2006 study at the University of California, Irvine found that chronic workweeks of more than 51 hours can triple the risk of hypertension.

• Decreased Productivity: "If you under-sleep by one hour a night, you will see a cumulative decline in job performance by as much as 30% to 40%, the same effect as being drunk," cautions Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D., senior professor of psychology at Fuller Graduate School.

• Finances: When you are over fatigued, you are less likely to comparison shop for purchases or cook the groceries you bought for the week…let alone monitor the financial affairs of your business.

• Bad Moods, Anxiety and Depression:  This is B.A.D. for business. It’s tough to network and sell yourself when you feel this way. Remember, we really do only get one chance to make a first impression or nail an important presentation.

Try These:
• Learn to Say No: For entrepreneurs, this is one of the toughest things to do. Create strategic action plans for your business and stick to them. Avoid chasing “all the shiny objects” and work the plan. You don’t always have to be “available”. It’s OK to step back and say no.

• Limit Alcohol: Even though a nightcap may help you relax and fall asleep faster, it’ll make the second half of your sleep cycle unsatisfying. Have a drink with dinner, rather than right before bed.

• Unplug! : Many of us have become addicted to “checking in”. While these tools can lead to increased productivity, they can also kill your ability to create and plan. It’s important to set boundaries. Set a time of night (or day) that you simply “unplug” and maintain consistency.

• Take a Vacation: You absolutely need time to think and recharge. "Entrepreneurs need to have periods of intense activity, but if it's not balanced out with reflection, relaxation and doing something to take your mind off work, you won't be able to be innovative, creative or find solutions to problems," says Donna De Carolis, associate dean of strategic initiatives at Drexel University's LeBow College of Business in Philadelphia.

• Listen to Your Body:  There is a reason you are not sleeping. If you are “not feeling like yourself”, including having trouble sleeping, get yourself to a good doctor who specializes in healthy aging. YOU ARE WORTH IT…(and your business is too.)

• Listen to your body.
• Unplug!
• Set boundaries. It’s OK to say “no”.
• There is a reason you are not sleeping. Get yourself to a good doctor who specializes in healthy aging.

Posted: 8/21/2012 12:42:10 PM by Lavita Admin | with 0 comments

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