How a good night’s sleep can increase productivity in the workplace

When you’re working extremely long hours and are unable to get enough sleep, this can directly impact your productivity at work. Having a good night sleep is essential for the body to function fully. If we look at the strenuous cycle that many people between the ages of 18 – 34 go through they usually only get between 5 – 6 hours sleep a night, lacking in a lot of rest. “According to a 2018 study of more than 10,000 people, the body’s ability to function declines if sleep isn’t in the seven- to eight-hour range.” 1

We’ve all had those days where we feel as though we haven’t had a good night sleep, in most circumstances we probably didn’t, which significantly reduces our energy levels and in-turn reduces our focus. Sleep is a much needed ingredient among humans and without it, we resort to more unwarranted characteristics such as moodiness, irritation, and frustration. Especially for industry professionals like doctors and nurses.

We are seeing a terrible outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to more and more people losing precious hours of sleep, rendering the conclusion that they’ve not had a good night. For which, they will be underperforming at work, perhaps even being accidentally negligent causing serious injury to people. We must not give in to the nasty feeling of exhaustion. This is why it is imperative, to have a good night, we must find ways to assist our brains in feeling comfort and ease when falling asleep.

Going the extra mile for that good night of rest

Naturally, our minds often wander before going to sleep, some people think of work, while others think of more calming thoughts. Between the two which would ensure a good night of rest? I’d say the latter, but how do we switch our minds off from the things which are bothering us to calm ourselves into a more relaxed state?

Mounting evidence suggests that a good night’s sleep seriously boosts productivity. One study of 4,188 U.S. workers found “significantly worse productivity, performance, and safety outcomes” among those who slept less, and estimated a $1,967 loss in productivity per worker due to poor sleep.2

You must learn to discipline yourself more closely to ensure that your mind is fully distracted before you go to sleep. If you want a good night then scrolling through social media into the dead of the night is just another form of distraction, which will lead you to have low productivity at work. We usually suggest not looking at your phone before sleeping, try not to drink alcohol, and cut carbs before going to bed. This will significantly increase your chances of having a good night and also a more productive day the following morning.

Conclusion for having a good night

As you may have realized, after reading this article, is that a good night sleep is fundamentally important to have a more productive work-cycle, we cannot function properly without our sleep. This is why finding ways to greatly improve your sleeping pattern is imperative, not only to your work but also to your health. We must all have a stronger sense of what aids us when getting a good night sleep

1. ( https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article/41/12/zsy182/5096067)
2. Kemmis, S., 2019. The Science Of Sleep And Productivity. [online] Zapier. Available at: <https://zapier.com/blog/sleep-and-productivity/> [Accessed 7 July 2020].

Written by Dreamlight HQ

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