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“Go on, take a break and rest. It’s ok to do so.” Did I say a break, when there is so much on your to-do list? Yes, a break. This could range from a short nap, to closing your eyes for a few minutes every half an hour or so or to going to bed slightly earlier than usual. Most people (workers and business owners alike) tend to overlook or underestimate the importance of rest and sleep which is fundamental to our wellbeing, and by extension to the success of our work and businesses.  


“Sleep is one of the most under-appreciated facets of health,” says Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, MD, “The consequences of sacrificing it can ripple throughout various areas of your life. Exhaustion has been linked to issues with appetite regulation, heart disease, increased inflammation, and a 50 percent increase in your risk of viral infection.”


Recent research also found a link between exhausted immune cells — bouts of little sleep can run down your immune system — and IBS symptoms. This article is not intended to create fear at all, but rather to espouse the great benefits of adequate rest and sleep that cannot be overemphasised and which include:


1. Healthy Brain Function. As business people, we need the ability to stay alert and pay attention, make the right decisions and be creative. Sleep helps our brains to work properly; the brain is preparing for the next day while we are sleeping.  

2. Physical Health. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Sleep indeed plays an important role in our physical health as it is involved in the healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels.

3. Emotional Well-being. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behaviour. People may feel angry and impulsive, have mood swings, feel sad or depressed, or lack motivation as a result of lack of rest and sleep.


Feeling a bit tired? Don't ignore it, get some rest immediately!


“Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” - Ralph Marston

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