The power of sleep GWII event

Gauteng Women in Insurance (GWII) hosted a motivational event, on Thursday 26 August, with main sponsor Emerald Africa.

Themed The Power of Sleep, guest speaker Joni Peddie, from The Networking Company, spoke to the ladies about the power of sleep, in part two of the Resilience Masterclasses.

Sleeping and resilience work hand-in-hand

“The reality is we all face stress at certain times in both our personal and professional lives, and it’s important to understand that this is completely normal,” said Peddie.

“In fact, a small amount of pressure is healthy, as it helps us strive for excellence, create goals and objectives, and reach our potential as individuals and teams,” she added.

Sleeping and resilience, according to Peddie, work hand-in-hand. With additional hours in the land of nod, our well-being increases – enabling us to be healthier, more committed, engaged and productive. Resilience also impacts all other aspects of our wellbeing too – from job satisfaction and financial matters, to health and wellness. And this extends beyond ourselves to our communities too.

What is resilience… Peddie said it is being prepared and making sure you can bounce back, forward and live your optimal life… like a little toolbox with tools to help you beat life’s challenges.

Establish sleep techniques

In setting out to establish a resilient mindset, Peddie said that individuals need to learn how to:

  • Manage stress, by addressing your sleep hygiene and the inextricable link between the two.
  • Boost mental energy and resilience by understanding the impact of sleep, what you eat and how you move throughout the day.
  • Get the right number of hours of sleep – quantity counts.
  • Use “bio-hacks” to improve sleep quality.

How many hours of sleep do you need? Peddie said you need a minimum of 7 hours a night. You also need to add 30 minutes of exercise to your day and cut caffeine or coffee a few hours before bed. According to research people who do not get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep are more likely to get diseases such as cancers, dementia etc. Sleep affects our health and lack of sleep also affects emotions.

“The brain washes itself out with deep sleep. When we have good sleep, we wake up more creative too. Another way to relax is to take a 20-minute power nap. Before bed you also need a 60-to-90-minute digital detox… switch off TVs, laptops, phones etc, this is a way to calm your brain at the end of the day. If you struggle to fall asleep try an Epsom salts bath, reading a book or meditating,” she concluded.

Lucky draws

A few lucky ladies walked away with prizes. Congratulations to all our lucky draw prize winners who walked away with amazing prizes:

  • Two sleep hampers valued at R1000 each, sponsored by CIA; and
  • Two Takealot vouchers valued at R1000 each, sponsored by GWII.     

Thank you

GWII would like to thank main sponsor Emerald Africa for their sponsorship and support for this event. Without our sponsors this would not be possible.

Thank you, Joni, for guiding the ladies on good sleeping patterns, and to all GWII members, thank you for attending this event. We hope that the toolkit of the power of sleep increases your well-being – enabling you to be healthier, more committed, engaged and productive.

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