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[Podcast] Better Sleep Habits Overnight? Keep Dreaming

November 25, 2015 / Uncategorized

“It’s not that we have sleep apnea. We have life apnea.” This week on Pulse Talks, guest Agapi Stassinopoulos discusses how employees can learn to recharge.

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VP sleepI woke up at 2 a.m. the other morning. The first thing I did? I turned the television off – I’d left it on as I fell asleep. The second thing I did? I reached next to my pillow and looked at my phone. Guilty.

And I know the rundown: a lack of sleep leads to 23 percent reduced concentration, 18 percent reduced memory, and over 10 percent increased difficulty in taking care of financial affairs, according to the Center for Disease Control. In lab tests, rats deprived of sleep altogether live shorter lifespans than those getting regular sleep.

Agapi Stassinopoulos, author, speaker, and Huffington Post regular, says our attachment to technology is changing our brains, affecting our sleep habits, and depleting us in the process.

“What [being constantly connected] does to your brain is it gives signals [that] say: ‘Be on,'”says Stassinopolous. “Employees coming to work tired should be treated as coming to work drunk.”

This constant state of “go” leads to one thing: burnout. In her Thrive program, based on sister Arianna Huffington’s book, Stassinopoulos works to reverse this trend by teaching employees to start forming small, daily habits.

“Changing habits is not going to happen overnight,” she adds. “We take people through this program and implement a small keystone habit daily… and you build this reservoir of your new habit and your new habit becomes ingrained.”

As employees form healthier habits, be it sleep, nutrition, exercise, or any other areas of well-being, they need to remember it’s less of a sprint, more of a long walk.

“Implementing these habits now, in microscopic steps, are really so powerful and so impactful for performance and the bottom line,” says Stassinopoulos.

Listen to the rest of her talk with host Shawn LaVana below:

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