As you will all be well aware, the media industry moves at a pretty fast pace and working within it is no different. I personally can find myself running at what feels like 100mph; attending meetings, preparing proposals, jumping from one pitch to the next, the list goes on and all whilst, trying, to keep on top of my emails.
However, outside of work I can have more of an impact to regain control and balance - although with three kids under 10 this isn’t always easy - which in turn benefits my working life. I try to live a healthy lifestyle through keeping fit and eating well, however I realised I was deprioritising a key factor that has rightfully been getting more and more public attention recently: sleep.
“A neuroscientist shows how a good night’s shut eye can make us cleverer, more attractive, slimmer, happier, and healthier and ward off cancer.” Mark O’Connell, The Guardian
After reading this review of Matthew Walker’s Why We Sleep I knew I had to read it. Not only because I work at a media agency whose insights are powered by behavioural science and neuroscience and therefore knew I would find it interesting. But also, for the sheer fact that understanding more about sleep could potentially help me live a happier, healthier and longer life.
In the book, Walker makes you painfully aware of just how detrimental lack of sleep can be to a person’s life. It can demolish your immune system, double your risk of cancer, increase your chance of developing Alzheimer’s, cause depression and anxiety, as well as lead to weight gain through overeating. I could go on, but you get the picture.