Did you know that proper sleep habits can make you healthier – and better at your job? Sacrificing sleep may seem like part of the job – working late, worrying yourself into insomnia, or stressing about deadlines. But you are not alone. About 40% of Americans never sleep the recommended seven to nine hours, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). But skimping on sleep can contribute to a host of problems. In addition to affecting your personal health, sleep is crucial for the health of your job. Here is how sleeping more can help!
Impress your customers. Twenty-seven percent of tired workers admit to having trouble concentrating, which can lead to mistakes. Twenty percent are not as productive as they should be, according to NSF data. Having to go back and fix errors will take up more time. If you are well rested, you’ll be more efficient at producing higher quality work, achieving your potential. Sleep well and your clients and coworkers will notice improvements. You may have time to tackle new projects or even shorten your work day.
Be a better driver. Poor sleep also makes you dangerous on the road, as drowsy driving is similar to drunk driving because your reflexes are delayed and attention to road hazards and traffic is decreased. Proper rest will make you feel more alert and attentive when you are on the road.
Stay healthier. Your body recovers from stresses overnight. Without enough rest, your body’s immune response breaks down, making you susceptible to illness where infections and colds may last longer. Sleep more, so you don’t need to call in sick.
Argue less. Forty percent of people who identify as sleep-deprived admit to being impatient with people at work, according to NSF data. If you’re exhausted, you are more likely to be sarcastic or short. Wake up refreshed and you’ll be more agreeable towards others, which can do wonderful things for customer relations.
- Take a hot shower to help relax
- Don’t check email and limit screen time
- Create a list – things to do, worry list
- Block off time – we block off time for other important parts of our life, but why not sleep?