In today’s ultra competitive world, you need to be on your game at all times. Someone, somewhere is always after you—chasing after your goals, aspirations, achievements and doing their absolute best to get your job, receive the raise you want and diminish your value to the company in which you work.
And that’s just the way the world works. Slacking off in these competitive times is a risky game to play, and one that certainly doesn’t come without its consequences.
With that in mind, working individuals who are less likely to receive a full night’s rest put themselves at an immediate disadvantage. When your brain doesn’t get the deserving rest it needs in order to think clearly and rationally, competition and risk of receiving that covenant raise become ever the more less likely to occur.
So, now is the time to begin reevaluating your sleeping habits, position and schedule; in fact, you may need to change your routine completely, invest in an adjustable bed, exercise more often, use caffeine less often, turn off all electronic devices, elevate your bed, take a shower before you sleep or even using sleep-inducing aids (melatonin, lavender, zinc, etc.) may help to leave you better prepared to take on the day.
Here are five ways sleep (or not sleeping) can affect your productivity at the workplace:
1.) More sick days is a direct-result of your (poor) sleeping habits
A recent study conducted in the journal, Sleep, concluded that induvial who are unable to sleep past the 6 ½ hour mark tend to lead to more sick days. When you sleep, your body is able to more efficiently build sick-fighting cells that strengthen immunity. When your brain remains hyperactive due to work-related issues, personal relationships, electronic devices, etc., you are at a much higher risk of getting sick, and getting sick often.
2.) You’re not just hurting yourself (when you don’t sleep), you’re also hurting the economy
That’s right, approximately $64 billion dollars is lost due to American’s inability to get to work and stay on task.
Productivity is lost, and not just because you’re taking a day off due to a sickness, but because you simply cannot concentrate and focus efficiently while working without proper sleep. Studies indicate that employers lose 9 work days’ of work-production each year, with that number expected to only rise due to steady increase in competition.
3.) When you don’t sleep, you lose your capacity to be creative
Think of your dreams when sleep, they are pretty imaginative, wouldn’t you agree? Well, that creativity expressed through the subconscious mind directly impacts your creative thought-process while you’re awake. The less you sleep, the more likely you are to think blandly, repetitively and less artistically.
4.) Sleepless affect pay wages
This one hurts.
When you don’t sleep, you risk not just your creativity but also what’s inside your wallet. As the Wall Street Journal recently investigated, one hour of sleep (for individuals not receiving a full eight hours) are approximately 20 percent more likely to receiving a pay raise in that (or any) given year.
5.) You tend to forget more, when you tend to sleep less
The quality and quantity of how you sleep at night is studied to have a direct correlation with memory. Just as sleeps helps promotes stronger immunity to sickness and disease, the same notion goes for memory build up and learning intake. Your brain simply cannot process the information it needs without proper sleep, and the less hours you do sleep, the harder it becomes to learn information, and learn information efficiently.
What can you do to help promote a better night’s rest?
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomniac patients is considered to be the “gold standard” for efficiently getting rid of sleepless nights.
- Mediation leaves your body AND mind feeling refreshed and relaxed; able to fight off insomnia, and can assist in alleviating work-related anxiety.
- Exercising releases natural morphine-like chemicals in your brain (dopamine), which also increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, helps alleviate stress, promotes better concentration, and leaves you feeling less groggy longer into the day.
- Sleeping in complete darkness and setting up your bedroom for a successful night’s rest is a fundamental process for eliminating insomnia. Turning off ALL electronic devices promotes less hyperactivity, allowing your brain and body to focus on the subconscious.