Getting better sleep is a sure fire way to increase job performance. Sleep is a basic human need, and sleep deprivation has been linked to countless problems – including problems at work. Sleep deprivation (and we’re talking about skimping an hour or so per night – not going a week without sleeping) has been linked to decreased math processing skills, memory formation and retention, spatial orientation, and higher order processing – all attributes that one’s employer is, presumably, paying for. People who are sleepy at work have a significantly increased rate of on-the-job accidents (both industrial and automotive). Studies have shown that people with sleep disorders (such as insomnia and sleep apnea) get promoted less frequently than workers who sleep well. A recent National Sleep Foundation survey found that, due to sleep deficit, 40% of respondents had been impatient with co-workers, 27% found it hard to concentrate, and 20% had lower than expected productivity. A good night’s sleep is a necessary prerequisite to a productive day at the office. So much so that many corporations now have “sleep policies” aimed at ensuring that employees are well rested and prepared to perform their jobs!
So what’s the best way to re-energize at work? Get a good night’s sleep the night before.