Sleep Your Way To a Higher EQ

We all know how important sleep is to our well-being – whether or not we get enough. From helping us maintain our weight to reducing stress to just feeling happier, sleep is considered by many people to be a cure-all.

Well, it’s also key to higher emotional intelligence, or EQ. While you are sound asleep, your brain is at work shuffling through your memories and storing or discarding them. This shuffling process results in two things: dreams and an alert and clearheaded mind when you wake up.

Here are seven benefits of sleep that result in a higher EQ:

1. Your memory is better

While your brain is shuffling through your memories, it is also strengthening the ones it keeps. An improved memory means you quickly recall things during meetings and in conversations, allowing you to respond more thoughtfully.

2. You’re more creative

Your brain also likes to reorganize and restructure memories, which enhances your creativity. Creativity allows you to inspire and influence others, collaborate and brainstorm, and find solutions to sticky problems.

3. It’s easier for you to learn

Numerous studies have found that students who don’t get enough sleep have problems learning, which results in lower grades. A high EQ relies on us constantly learning about others and their emotions, needs, and concerns so we can communicate with them in a way that resonates.

4. You have a longer attention span

When you’re sleepy, it’s really hard to pay attention and focus, which can result in missed social cues, rushed responses, and difficulty managing emotions. In short, you might end up acting like a jerk – just because you’re tired.

5. You’re less stressed

A good night’s sleep is directly linked to lower stress levels. In terms of EQ, that means you can think more clearly, respond appropriately in any given situation, and generally avoiding freaking out, making bad decisions, or offending someone.

6. You’re just happier

When you get enough sleep, you’ll be happier and feel better overall. You’ll have less anxiety, be less susceptible to depression, and avoid mood swings. When your emotions hang out in positive territory, it’s much easier for you to manage your relationships with other people – even if they’re grumpy.

7. You communicate more clearly

Literally. If you don’t get enough sleep, you are more likely to mumble, repeat words and talk in a dull monotone. High EQ requires excellent communication skills across the board to ensure everyone understands you – and can potentially be inspired by you.

Of course, there are numerous other ways to improve your EQ, so if you have any questions about it or would like to have your EQ assessed, please feel free to reach out!

Joan Fletcher