Our achievements campaign is all around sleeping for success, and in an article by the Huffington Post, it was reported that there are six ways in which sleep can make you more successful.
Sleep makes you more receptive to learning. According to the Harvard Healthy Sleep website, a lack of sleep reduces attention and motivation making it harder to acquire new information. Sleep also plays a role in the consolidation of new memories, which enables you to recall that information later on.
Your creativity is enhanced. In a study by the University of Carolina found that during REM sleep, people's creative problem solving skills are improved over non-REM sleep. Sleepiness reduces your brain's agility and the ability to form complex and new solutions to a problem.
When you get good quality sleep, it reduces the likelihood of errors. Your reaction time, decision making capabilities, and memory are all impaired when you don't get enough sleep. According to most sleep research, if you put these sleep factors together, you're more likely to make mistakes.
Sleeping well reduces the risk of accidents. There are 100,000 road traffic accidents per year in the US and 40,000 injuries are attributed to drowsy driving. Driving after 24 hours of sleeplessness, driving is likened to drunk driving.
Sleep supports your immune system. When you are sleep-deprived, your immune system is not functioning to its best capacity. This makes you more susceptible to colds and flus.
Finally, sleeping well boosts productivity and efficiency. After a good night's sleep, your attention span is improved, and you are far more likely to remember facts and be more creative.
Our achievements campaign looks at what you could achieve after a great night's sleep. Find out more about our work with Olympic athlete Jo Pavey here.