We all know how important a good night’s sleep is. There is not a single person on the planet that does not recognize the delightful sensation of feeling refreshed in the morning and gushing with enthusiasm to seize the day after some quality shuteye. Why is that?
Quality sleep in the recommended duration of between seven and nine hours a night refills our batteries. The mind has the time and peacefulness to operate at a more reduced pace, organizing the day’s activities. Muscles relax, and the heart rate decreases, lowering blood pressure and stress levels. In other words, sleep is when the body is on standby. We operate at lower energy levels, recalibrating and charging for the next day.
How does all of this play out in our careers? In a big way! The above should have been enough information to convince anybody not to forfeit sleep for more time because ultimately sleep creates time through efficiency. But for thoroughness, this text aims to look at the nitty-gritty of why the right amount of sleep is paramount for your work.
Quality ZZZ’s boost and support the immune system
No company appreciates the employee that is consistently off sick. Not getting enough rest at night weakens the immune system making us more susceptible to viruses and bacterial infections.
Sleep and your level of alertness are linked
Say you operate complex machinery or a plane, and you don’t get enough sleep. You are putting other people and yourself at risk. Here’s a small indicator to convince you of the dangers of a lack of sleep: it is a fact that people who do not get enough shut-eye are as dangerous behind the wheel of a car as someone under the influence of alcohol.
A lack impedes your level of concentration
When you feel tired, you will most likely feel a lack of motivation and drive to improve your skill set and learn new things. Also, you will lack the concentration to pay attention during meetings and you will take far longer to complete regular tasks.
So, the next time when you think you are doing your career a favor by staying up late to work, don’t. Quality is better than quantity.
Sleep affects your overall mental disposition.
When we sleep, conduits are created between neurons in our brains, helping us remember the things we’ve learned. Sleep deficiency exhausts the mind, delaying the signals it sends and consequently reducing your coordination skills and worse still our emotional state.
Not only do we no longer operate efficiently, but also we might feel more impatient, moody and generally morose – a prolonged period of sleep deprivation can sometimes lead to depression. No one needs to tell you what that means for your career not to mention your life.
It’s difficult to get the right amount of quality sleep in our hyper-connected society. Stress, long hours at the office, electronic devices, and family responsibilities and more constantly keep us on edge, making it difficult to fall asleep. Also, we tend to sacrifice sleep in the hope that more time will even out the risks.
Here are some simple, healthy sleep hacks to help you if you are not getting enough sleep.
- Purchase the right mattress – Websites like MattressMatchers.com provide some pretty good information that will aid you in the buying process.
- Unwind and prepare for bedtime at least an hour before. There’s no use heading into the bedroom when you are all charged up with the day’s events. Meditate, take a hot shower, have some warm milk and honey, anything to shut down. This must become a nightly routine so that the brain can associate the time of the day with sleep.
- Watch what you eat and drink and when – Try and avoid heavy foods in the evenings. Also, try not to snack at least one hour and a half before bed. Beware of what you drink and how much. Reduce water intake before sleeping and cease all alcohol consumption at least one hour before bedtime.
If you notice that you are struggling at work, it’s time to take action!