How to Increase Productivity Through Sleep
Suffering from work fatigue? You’re not alone. In a society where corporate jobs are becoming increasingly demanding, it’s common for the average American adult to feel stressed. But most people soldier on to try and get even more work done.
Inevitably, people with workplace fatigue are likely to suffer from sleep deprivation as well. In the US, the National Safety Council survey revealed the sleep loss stats in working adults, showing that 43 percent don’t get 7 hours of sleep a day. Employees, especially those with high ambition, tend to sacrifice sleep thinking that they’re more productive by staying awake as much as possible.
Granted, there are individuals who can get away with a few hours of sleep. Margaret Thatcher famously declared how she thrived on only 4 hours of sleep. Realistically speaking though, the same can’t be said for the majority of the population. Experts estimate that the likes of Thatcher only comprise of 1 to 3 percent of the global population. For the rest, skipping sleep for work is counterproductive and will only result in more physical and mental distress, preventing you from giving your 100 percent. This doesn’t even include its effect on emotions, particularly being irritable which could strain work relationships. Without good camaraderie, your work as well as the progress of your team is disrupted.
If you want to become better at your job, make sure you’re well rested. Professor of sleep medicine Paul Gringas discussed the importance of sleep with Leesa, explaining that it helps you function properly and allows you to be your best self every day. While it is generally known that sleep provides several health benefits, many people surprisingly dismiss the fact that it also has a major influence on your work performance.
Here’s what happens when you maintain 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day: First of all, proper sleep reduces your stress levels. Entrepreneur explained that chronic stress may raise a person’s blood pressure over time, thereby increasing the risk of heart disease. Furthermore, you may gain weight, which even doubles the cardiovascular risks. When your health is at stake, your ability to perform well significantly decreases. You’ll be taking unwanted sick leaves and worse, you’ll be paying for expensive medical care.
In addition, sleep is good for the brain because it gives it time to relax and properly store memories of the day. When you have a healthy functioning brain, you can be more efficient at work because you are able to think more rationally and make better decisions. Plus, mountains of paperwork can be finished faster than when you are exhausted in the middle of the day due to sleep deprivation. Most of all, a sharp mind helps you avoid mistakes, making you a valuable asset to the company.
Sleep’s benefits don’t stop there, as it can also boost creativity. The quicker you come up with effective solutions, the more work you could finish. It could even help you gain achievements and/or set you up for a promotion. So if you want to make a difference at work, keep those creative juices flowing. What better way to facilitate that than having a well conditioned brain?
There you have it. As indicated above, self-improvement at the workplace also requires a good quality of sleep. There’s no greater feeling than waking up with a positive attitude every morning, and then carrying it all the way to the office. For more tips, check out Arina Nikitina’s pre-work routines for improving productivity.