By LeAnna J. Carey | Jun 21, 2012
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that, "life consists in what a man is thinking of all day." Career and life success is not based on wishful thinking, but clear and focused long range thinking. Most of us would agree that it can be a challenge to work through that afternoon brain fog with the same energy that jump started the day. The key is getting enough sleep; however, the gap between understanding that there is nothing more restorative or rejuvenating than a full 7-8 hours of sleep and taking actions to get that sleep is where most of us find ourselves. While it comes as no surprise that Americans are sleep deprived, it may be eye-opening that sleep does have an impact on memory, learning and productivity; in other words, thinking.
What are the benefits of a good nights sleep?
Everyday we take in a multitude of information, some of it important and meaningful, some not so meaningful. When we have a good nights sleep, cognitive processing takes place, so that meaningful information is filtered. (1)
According to Psychologist Giulio Tononi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the brain 'resets' itself during sleep, so that the brain wakes up 'fresh' and ready to learn and process more information.
Sleep has a direct affect on our health and well-being. In an interview focused on the benefits of sleep, Susan Redline explains that, "the rise of our chronic health problems, like diabetes and obesity have happened in parallel with changes in the amount of sleep that we as a society are getting.
Sleep has a direct affect on your work productivity. Entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan says that, "Working overtime doesn't increase your output. It makes you stupid...lose just one night's sleep and your cognitive capacity is roughly the same as being over the alcohol limit."
Getting the right amount of sleep impacts both declarative memory (what we know) and procedural memory (remembering how to do something). "When we are sleep deprived, our focus, attention, and vigilance drift, making it more difficult to receive information. Without adequate sleep and rest, over-worked neurons can no longer function to coordinate information properly, and we lose our ability to access previously learned information." (2)
Looks like many successful people have figured out that sleep is instrumental in their success journey - it begins with thinking and thinking begins with sleeping. What time are you going to bed tonight?
(1) Cognitive Processing and Sleep: Implications for Enhancing Job Performance. James K. Wyatt and Richard R. Bootzin http://www.w3.arizona.edu/~vas/478/cognitive.pdf
(2)Ellenbogen JM, Payne JD, Stickgold R. The role of sleep in declarative memory consolidation: passive, permissive, active or none? Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2006 Dec;16(6):716-22. Epub 2006 Nov 7. http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep/learning-memory
By LeAnna J. Carey | Jun 20, 2012
Lifestyle Competencies LLC, a healthcare company focused on building competency in the area of lifestyle will announce their official launch during the Innovation Workshop at the Ninth Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference in San Francisco, July 19-20, 2012.
“Dr. Shurney said that, the Healthcare Unbound conference workshop is an ideal setting to introduce Lifestyle Competencies because we will be addressing both disruptive and incremental healthcare innovation as a way to transform our industry. Lifestyle Competencies is the first company that will address choice from a new and innovative perspective.”
Online PR News – 19-June-2012 –Lifestyle Competencies LLC, a healthcare company focused on building competency in the area of lifestyle and changing the way individuals think about their health will announce their official launch during the Innovation Workshop at the Ninth Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference in San Francisco, July 19-20, 2012.
Dr. Dexter Shurney is the founder of Lifestyle Competencies and a key
note speaker at the conference. "The Healthcare Unbound conference workshop is an ideal setting to introduce Lifestyle Competencies because we will be addressing both disruptive and incremental healthcare innovation as a way to transform our industry. Lifestyle Competencies is the first company that will address choice from a new and innovative perspective."
The workshop is Innovation Excellence Comes To Healthcare Unbound: How Innovation Leads To Seeing "What Is Next" In Healthcare, and will be led by Author and Chief Innovation Officer of Maga Design, Julie Anixter, Auraviva founder, Virginia Gurley, M.D., LeAnna J. Carey, Principal of TheHealthMaven, and Dexter Shurney, M.D., founder of Lifestyle Competencies. "Our goal," said Julie Anixter, "is to provide attendees with a blueprint of how to take an idea from the pre innovation stage to a successful market launch."
About Healthcare Unbound
The Ninth Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference & Exhibition focuses on networks, platforms and applications for consumer engagement and behavior change. Key topics to be covered include innovative applications of remote monitoring, home telehealth, mhealth, ehealth, social media and gaming to help manage diseases, promote wellness and facilitate accountable care. For more information, please visit www.tcbi.org
About Innovation Excellence
Innovation Excellence is the online home of the global innovation community, building upon a rapidly-growing network with thousands of members from over 170 countries – thought leaders, practitioners, consultants, vendors, and academia. The Innovation Excellence mission is to provide a forum for connection and conversation across this community – assembling an ever-growing arsenal of resources, best practices and proven answers for achieving innovation excellence. For more information, visit InnovationExcellence.com
AuraViva is creating a new approach to wellness and healthcare based on circadian physiology and body clock synchrony using mobile applications and wireless biosensors. This new paradigm provides real-time actionable coaching for a broad array of wellness goals and disease prevention needs. For more information, visit AuraViva.com
About Lifestyle Competencies
Lifestyle Competencies LLC, was founded in June 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Lifestyle Competencies is focused on building competency in the area of lifestyle and changing the way individuals think about their health which is the first step toward lasting behavior change. Lifestyle Competencies ensures that individuals know how to take care of themselves to stay healthy, and actively participate in their own health. For more information, visit LifestyleCompetencies.com