Waking Up To The Sleep Crisis: Improving Your Well-Being Could Be Easier Than You Think
When Arianna Huffington first started talking about sleep back in 2010 it was an almost revolutionary idea. As a result of her own personal burnout experience in 2007 she was suggesting we start to take sleep more seriously. Her call was for busy, over worked executives (and others) to rest more in order to perform better. She’s since gone on to found Thrive Global wellness site and authored The Sleep Revolution.
Yet today we’re still busy, stressed and over worked.
The Great British Bedtime Report suggests that almost a third of us are still getting poor sleep most nights, and that stress and worry remain in the top three reasons why.
Elon Musk’s recent public expression of his own struggle with ‘keeping up’ with the pressures may have softened any perceptions that all high-flying executives ‘have it all together’.
Even with this acknowledgement, it seems that sleep is still not the go-to solution for those facing increasing career stress. As Arianna and Elon’s recent Twitter conversation would have us believe.
National organisations have been prioritizing sleep in their mental health and well-being dialogues for years, with Public Health England even creating a Healthy Sleep Toolkit for the workplace. Sleep deprivation is linked to lower productivity at work – and if you’re not performing at your best, it’s easy to imagine your stress levels are going up too. It’s hard to imagine that Elon is the only one feeling like sleep is not an option in these situations.