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Sleep is not only essential for our health in general, but it also plays a key role in how productive we are during the day. Getting a good night’s sleep can sometimes mean the difference between ...

Sleep is not only essential for our health in general, but it also plays a key role in how productive we are during the day. Getting a good night’s sleep can sometimes mean the difference between finally landing that next big, important client, and failing to meet a project deadline. Unfortunately, according to the National Sleep Foundation,

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    • How Getting A Good Night’sSleep Can Improve Productivity
    • The Importance of SleepSleep is not only essential for our health in general, but it also plays a key role in how productive we are duringthe day. Getting a good night’s sleep can sometimes mean the difference between finally landing that next big,important client, and failing to meet a project deadline. Unfortunately, according to the National SleepFoundation, “More than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month - with 20 percent reporting problem sleepiness a few days a week or more.”5Sleep deprivation tends to be a common problem for working professionals. Some factors that affect aperson’s ability to sleep include: stress, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, family problems, and following anirregular sleep schedule.How Lack of Sleep Affects ProductivityA person’s lack of sleep can seriously affect their ability to perform simple tasks during the day. According toWebMD, “Decreased alertness and excessive daytime sleepiness impair your memory and your cognitiveability -- your ability to think and process information.” Below is a chart that illustrates other tasks that aremore difficult with less sleep. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • How Sleep Deprivation Kills Productivity Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (3/4/11)As illustrated in Figure 2 above, lack of sleep can wreak havoc on a person’s ability to perform certain tasksthat are essential for daily productivity. Some studies have also shown that lack of sleep can also contribute to agreater risk of sustaining an occupational injury, and may also lead to things like irritability, impatience, andmoodiness. “Sleep deprivation induces significant reductions in performance and alertness. Reducing your nighttime sleep by as little as one and a half hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32%.” 1
    • How (and Why] To Get A Good Night’s SleepIn order to increase day-to-day productivity, it’s important that a person gets a healthy, consistent amount ofsleep. The American Psychological Association outlines a few ways individuals can get more sleep:•Keep a regular sleep/wake schedule•Get regular exercise•Avoid alcohol and heavy meals before sleep•Don’t drink or eat caffeine four to six hours before bed and minimize daytime useHow Much Sleep Do You Need?The simple answer is an adult individual should generally be getting an average of eight hours of sleep a night,however, every person is different. The best thing an individual can do to find out how much sleep they need inorder to be productive is to get on regular sleep schedule, follow some of the tips listed above, and adjustaccordingly. “The first thing experts will tell you about sleep is that there is no "magic number." Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and gender. While you may be at your absolute best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may clearly need nine hours to have a happy, productive life.” 3Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to experiencing productivity at work. Getting more sleep will helpmake daily tasks easier, can prevent unnecessary occupational mistakes, and can also lead to a healthierlifestyle.
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