What do the world’s most expensive tablecloth, ill-fitting clothes, and baby gizmos galore all have in common? They were all purchased, regrettably, while under the influence of exhaustion.
Come to think of it, this blog was created while I was sleep deprived too. Isn’t that interesting? 😉
Humans make bad judgment calls while exhausted. Just ask leading researchers. I bet that you can name a time when you made a poor decision while tired, too.
Sleep isn’t just important, it’s imperative.
Humans don’t just need to sleep just to keep our bodies running each day. Sleep is also an important component in making wise decisions (financial and otherwise).
For example, did you know that:
- Lack of sleep can contribute to depression, memory loss, and even a heart attack.
- Exhaustion also plays a role in decreased judgment and reaction times.
Does it really sound like a season of poor sleep is a good time to make important decisions? Of course not! You’re much more likely to make regrettable decisions during these times of physical stress.
Even so, 30% of Americans are walking zombies. They’re sleepy slugs making regrettable decisions like signing for mortgages with terrible interest rates (just me?), purchasing too much from TV shopping channels, and general grumpiness.
Break the Cycle of Exhaustion
Ready to stop counting sheep? Here are some ideas for bursting exhaustion’s bubble and getting better rest:
- Try an earlier bedtime. It may seem counterintuitive, but going to bed earlier in the day might just be what the doctor ordered.
- Shut down electronics in the evening. Numerous studies have realized a link between the increased brain activity that occurs while staring at screens, and an inability to fall asleep quickly. Try turning off all screens an hour before bed and reading a book instead.
- Consider taking magnesium before heading off to bed. Thanks to our non-optimal diets, many Americans are deficient in the muscle-relaxing mineral Magnesium.
- Drink chamomile tea. Research shows that a cup of chamomile tea contains numerous health benefits, including a sedative effect. We use this bulk chamomile both for drinking and for the benefit of our chicken coop, or try these chamomile tea sachets.
- Try aromatherapy. Though I’m not a big fan of the trendy overuse of essential oils, spritzing a few drops of doTerra’s Serenity blend mixed in water has been a huge help in my family for those times when we’re just too tired to sleep. **Note: this essential oil is not to be confused with the movie Serenity, which will not put you to sleep, but instead turn you into a diehard SpaceCountry fan:
Are you an exhausted parent?
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It’s part of the human experience to struggle through times of sleeplessness in our lives. Rather than let those times rule us (and encourage poor financial decision making), it’s important to take any steps possible to remedy the situation. Whether that means going to bed earlier, turning off the TV, or searching for better sleep as a parent, a step forward is better than letting exhaustion rule.
Life’s tough enough as it is. Don’t let poor sleep get in the way of enjoying the journey.
What stupid financial decisions have you made while exhausted?