If you are sitting behind your desk right now, struggling to keep your eyes open, you may want to consider how sleep affects your career. Not getting enough sleep does more than just make you irritable and sluggish, it hurts your overall work productivity. Here’s what The Huffington Post has to say about sleep and work:
Sleeping less equals more sick days: There is no way around it; sleep affects your immune system. Just last month a study revealed that getting less than 5 hours or more than 10 hours each night is linked to taking 4.6 to 8.9 more sick days at work, compared to employees who sleep 7-8 hours each night.
Sleep loss counts as a financial loss for everyone: According to a Harvard study, sleep deprivation costs the U.S. economy $63 billion each year due to lost productivity. Employees that are battling any kind of insomnia are linked to 7.8 missed days of productivity alone.
Sleeping well boots your creativity: If you need to be more innovative at work, sleep can help you cut corners and come up with amazing ideas. It’s an easy way to become a stronger asset to your company.
Sleep deprivation makes you less productive: The less you sleep, the slower you are at getting things done at work, according to a 2012 Journal of Vision study. Researchers found that the longer participants stayed awake, the poorer the accuracy and speed became during a visual search computer task.
Sleep can result in higher pay: The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted a study showing that if you aren’t getting enough sleep, adding an extra hour to your sleep time, is associated with a 16% increase in pay in the long run.
Sleep boosts specific memory abilities that help on the job: Researchers at Michigan State were able to show that sleep improves “working memory capacity,” the type of memory function associated with decision-making, vocabulary, reading comprehension and problem-solving in a 2011 study.
Sleep deprivation makes your job more stressful: Sleeping less than 6 hours a night makes it more likely that you’ll get fed up with your job, and have a hard time not thinking about work when you are supposed to be relaxing, according to a 2012 study. A lack of sleep makes it harder to recover from work stress that never seems to end.
If you want to make the best of your career, allow sleep to help make you successful! Consistently struggling to obtaining to sleep well can bring unwanted health risks. Get the proper amount of shut-eye every day of the week, including weekends!