In today’s busy world that’s full of attention-grabbing influences, we all tend to spend more time awake than ever, whether it be at work, in the gym, out with friends, or simply laying in bed and scrolling through social media. Of course, this tend to result fewer hours sound asleep.
While a night or two of less sleep won’t hurt you, not getting enough sleep over a longer period of time is not the best thing for your wellbeing. It may have an effect on several aspects of your being, such as your health, mood, and relationships.
However, sleep also greatly impacts your performance throughout your day––and that includes your work performance. Think about it: you’ve probably had those days where you found yourself nodding off in team meetings, struggling to stay awake in your office, or just feeling overall fuzzy in the workday. When you lack sleep, your ability to perform at your best is one of the first things to go.
In this article, let’s take a look at three ways that your quality of sleep can impact your performance at work. We all want to be our best, so maybe it’s time we start prioritizing sleep more often. Let’s dig in.
1. You’ll be less productive at work
As you may very well know, not getting a good night’s sleep can mean that the entire day after is a throwaway. Basically, you end up feeling sluggish and tired, resulting in a rather unproductive day.
The thing is, this reduced productivity doesn’t only happen with employees but with management as well. A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that management tends to work at least 4.5 hours at home every week, in addition to their time at the office. This, of course, suggests that they are having to “pick up the slack” from an otherwise unproductive day.
When you’re unproductive in the workplace, this can lead to even greater problems, such as stress, lack of confidence, and even the potential loss of a job.
2. Your physical health will decline
Sleep is the body’s natural method of regeneration and rejuvenation. When you sleep, your body is rid of toxins, your organs get a chance to rest from a hard day of work, and your brain even flushes out potentially built-up toxins.
Not getting enough sleep, of course, means not allowing the body to go through its regenerative process. This, in turn, significantly compromises your health and leads to a bunch of concerns. Not only do you risk experiencing symptoms such as palpitations or heartburn, but you also are at a greater risk of common illness, such as a cold or the flu.
By getting sick or not feeling well, you may have to spend time away from the office, which can harm your career if it happens too often. In the long run, a lack of sleep may also result in a myriad of health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
3. You’ll have a hard time focusing
When it comes to getting work done, one of the greatest feelings to experience is being in ‘flow’, which is essentially a state of being where your brain is super engaged, energized, and focused on the task at hand. This is especially important for people in a creative field, where an individual task may take several hours.
The wonders of being in flow are amazing, but you’ll never experience them if you’re forever sleep deprived. When you don’t get the recommended amount of sleep (anywhere between 7-9 hours), you’ll more than likely struggle to focus at work.