Friday, September 15, 2017

Lack of Sufficient Sleep Has an Impact on Work and Performance

Lack of Sufficient Sleep Has an Impact on Work and Performance
The information age has brought high levels of connectivity which has
influenced the already popular work culture. Today, most people are
spending most of the time working and interacting with mobile devices. This
has led to a population that isn’t getting enough sleep, while performance
expectations remain high.
Although it’s important to work hard, the habit of getting insufficient sleep is
a threat to your performance. According to this post by Zach Davis, ‘some
people believe that sleep is essential for their productivity and therefore set
adequate time for sleeping.’  Here are some of the ways lack of sleep
affects your overall performance at work.

Effects of sleep on your mind
Getting quality and sufficient sleep is important for ensuring that you have
good concentration, attention, reflexes, judgment and sound decision
making according to If you form the habit of ensuring you’ve
had a good sleep each night, you’ll find it easy to remain alert and sustain
sharp concentration all day long. On the other hand, poor sleep patterns
will lead to poor performance at work. In addition, you will also struggle to
concentrate and sustain creativity even on most areas of your life.

The chronic tiredness caused by sleep is a threat to social and
psychological well-being
Sleep deprivation has a way of negatively influencing the feeling and
overall mood. In an organization, the effects of poor sleep can make you
irritable and pose substantial challenges in dealing with workmates and
customers. Because success in the corporate world largely depends on
team work and efficient communication, you’ll find it difficult to cope if you
have chronic side effects of poor sleeping habits.
An astonishing number of participants in the Hult’s sleep research proved
that interpersonal skills are diminished when tired. In fact, 84% of all
participants confessed that they felt constantly irritable whenever they
didn’t have enough sleep. A significant number was reported to harbor
strong feelings of frustration, high stress levels as well as anxiety.

Sleep deprivation can lead to disastrous outcomes
Sleep deprivation has a tendency of taking a toll on basic abilities like
judgment, cognition and reaction time. If you work in fields where attention
and concentration is the primary code, the repercussions can be far
reaching. Imagine a surgeon who’s operating on a patient but he’s
struggling to stay awake because he’s supposed to pay attention to the
tiniest detail.
According this research by Merrill M. Mitler and five others, history is rich
with proof where lack of sleep has led to expensive disasters. For instance,
the nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island and the Challenger space
shuttle accident are attributed to sleepy workers. To improve performance
and safety at the workplace, sufficient sleep is important.

Just as water and healthy food is critical to proper functioning of the body,
sufficient sleep is important if you are to retain your edge at work. Because
lack of enough sleep has a direct impact on the brain cortex responsible for
creativity and innovation, the effects can be detrimental to any corporation.
Instead of trying a temporary fix by drinking some caffeine, it’s better to
create more time for a nap. This wills not only keep your creative juices
flowing, but it will also safeguard your health. Besides, who wants to have
bad relations with work mates?

disclosure~ This is a guest post.

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