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Does Sleep Deprivation Affect Your Job Performance?

02.06.2017

Whenever you’re tired at the office and have this question in mind, we need to let you know that sleep deprivation is the worst thing that can happen to your productivity, and creativity as well. It will definitely kill any thoughtful ideas that you might have and also leave you drained without any willingness to do anything. The drawbacks that are hidden behind sleep deprivation have various negative effects on both the mind and the body. Sleep deprivation will not only affect your brain and make the work in the office unbearable, but it will also make you feel sluggish without any energy left if your job requires movement, stamina, critical thinking, etc.

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It is crucial to be conscious and aware of the risks and dangers that lay behind a lack of sleep. Going to bed early and waking up early can make you feel rested and ready to meet any challenge throughout the day. On the other hand, if you go to sleep late, you should think twice before setting the alarm early in the morning because that is exactly what drains your energy. Sometimes it is better to have that extra hour of quality sleep before getting ready for work, staying an hour later that usual (of course, this applies to all of you who have the right to choose flexible working hours, rather than those who have a fixed time schedule.) That one hour of sleep or even half an hour nap for your lunch break will power you up and provide you with the necessary energy you’ll need to function for the day.

On the contrary, there are some sayings that people are most creative when they are tired, but who knows? All you think about when being exhausted is going home and lying in your comfortable bed, not focusing on any task that you are supposed to do. At least that’s what most of us do! For that reason, here is a piece of advice that you can use if you are sleep deprived and tired all the time, unable to do your work.

  1. Go to work later, meaning start work probably at 9 or 10 am if you can, rather than starting at 7, which will require waking up at 5 am.
  2. Get a nap during lunch break! An instant and short nap will replenish your energy levels.
  3. Exercise after work even if you might feel exhausted and not willing to comply. Once you start exercising, you will reap the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep as well as feeling more energized, more rested, etc.
  4. Do not make a habit of constantly working more than you are supposed to. You shouldn’t overwork yourself or always stay extra hours at work. You will be at risk of not getting enough sleep later at night, which will make your next workday not as productive as it should be.
  5. Go to bed early! This may sound like a cliché since we all tend to spend a lot of time watching TV in the evening or scrolling down the newsfeed of our smartphones. However, the truth is, nothing will satisfy you more than sleep, so you should switch off all technology the moment you get home from work.
  6. Remember that it’s the number of quality sleep hours that count. So, if you go to bed at 10PM and sleep soundly until 6 AM, you’ll likely feel energized, healthy, and happy. Sleep deprived people are more prone to snap and be irritable.
  7. Lastly, do not forget to eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and take care of yourself. It all matters. When you feel good and rested, your work will benefit.

 

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Sources:

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7584-getting-enough-sleep.html

http://www.hult.edu/news/how-sleep-deprivation-affects-work-and-performance/

http://ehstoday.com/safety/ten-dangers-sleep-deprivation-workers

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences