Catch some ZZz's: Well rested employees are productive employees

Are you experiencing any of the following? 

  • Exhaustion

  • Impulsivity

  • Forgetfulness

  • Trouble making decisions

  • Slower reaction time

  • Trouble concentrating

 If yes, you may be experiencing sleep-deprivation and its time to take a nap!

Sometimes it feels as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete all of your daily tasks that need to be completed. As the to-do lists seem to get longer and longer to the point they seem never ending, sleep gets thrown on the back-burner. Life can be overwhelming at times with high amounts of stress from jobs and other commitments. The only way to accomplish everything that needs to be done in your day is sleeping less and spending more time working. Do you feel like everyone in the office, including yourself, often stays past the regular work hours to finish work?

Research has shown that being sleep deprived is lowering your productivity and may be negatively affecting your career.

Did you know that your productivity and performance while you’re sleep deprived can be outperformed by someone that is drunk! 

The symptoms listed above are all associated with sleep deprivation. Being impulsive, forgetful, trouble concentrating can be detrimental to work performance. You are simply not functioning at your best when sleep deprived. Although the effects are less well-known, sleep deprivation plays a role in chronic diseases such as obesity and hypertension (Colten & Altevogt, 2006). Errors in judgement are a significant effect of sleep deprevation, for example the space shuttle Challenger, is one great example of errors in judgement associated with sleep deprevation (Walsh et al., 2005).

Are you getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep?

Here are a few strategies to help you sleep better:

  • Put away your electronics (See our recent post #putphonedown)
  • Skip the afternoon/evening caffeine  
  • Start a bedtime routine
  • Have a hot shower/bath
  • Engage in a relaxing activity
  • Plan/ prep your breakfast in advance for morning motivation

Contact us today for more information on improving your sleep! 

 

 

Colten, H. R., Altevogt, B. M. (2006). Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem. National Academies Press (US)3, Extent and Health Consequences of Chronic Sleep Loss and Sleep Disorders. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19961/

 

Walsh, J. K., Dement, W. C., Dinges, D. F. (2005). Sleep medicine, public policy, and public health. Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine. 4, 648–656.