Now, now… talking about sleep here… It’s not surprising that getting more done starts with a good night’s sleep, but it turns out getting too many hours is as bad as too few. Analysing the sleep and work habits of 3,760 people over seven years, researchers at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health found that under-sleepers and over-sleepers were both more likely to take extra sick days. So it is really important that you find your optimal amount of hours.
So how can sleep make you more productive at work?
Getting an optimal amount of sleep doesn’t just boost your mood and infuse your body with extra energy—it can also help you wow your boss and maybe even snag a promotion. Need proof? Just check out all the ways that getting enough rest can improve your on-the-job performance.
You’ll Recover From Distractions Faster
When you’re sleep-deprived, you’ll have more trouble refocusing on the task at hand after a disruption, compared with someone who is well rested.
You’ll Help Prevent Burnout
Sleeping less than six hours each night is one of the best predictors of on-the-job burnout. Get into the habit of snoozing more now to raise the odds of having a long career and enjoying your job.
You’ll Make Better Decisions
Sleep improves your ability to make more accurate split-second decisions by about four percent. Hey, it may not sound like much, but every little bit helps!
Your Memory Will Improve
Getting enough rest is key for cementing what you’ve learned during the day. When you’re sleep-deprived, you have a higher chance of having a poorer working memory, compared with those who are getting an ideal amount of zzz’s.
You’ll Make Fewer Mistakes
Even if you’re moderately sleep-deprived, you’ll have a 50 percent slower response time and a lower accuracy rate on simple tasks than someone who is under the influence of alcohol.
If you’re feeling drowsy during the day and don’t want it to compromise your work performance, one solution is to try taking a power nap for 10 to 20 minutes! Or switch off the phone and meditate for about 20 minutes.
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