Is Sleep Deprivation Keeping You from Getting More Done During the Day?

Think about all the times you’ve said it: “There just aren’t enough hours in a day.” And if you’re like many busy people, your solution is to borrow a few hours from your sleep time to make up for it. Do the extra hours you got from sleeping less make you more productive during the day? No, they don’t!

The problem is that even a small amount of lost sleep affects your mood, leaves you with less energy, decreases your mental acuity, and makes you more vulnerable to stress. In other words, chronic sleep deprivation can destroy your health—and that doesn’t help you get more accomplished.

Why is it important to get enough sleep?

One of the management strategies in Cleveland is to educate workers on the importance of sleep. And with good reason. Here are some of the things which the quality of your sleep directly affects:

  • Productivity
  • Immune system
  • Creativity
  • Vitality
  • Emotional well-being
  • Brain and heart health
  • Weight

During restorative sleep, your brain is working hard to see to the biological maintenance that keeps your body running smoothly, preparing it for the next day’s challenges. When you skimp on sleep, you shortchange yourself of the maintenance that allows you to function at a high level at work, school, and all those other areas of your life where learning, creating, and effectively communicating are required.

So, you don’t have to give up sleep to get more done. You need to get more sleep. And as you begin to get the rest you need, your health, energy, and efficiency will improve and so will your productivity.

How much is enough sleep?

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can “get by” on a certain amount of sleep, say six or seven hours. Just because you can get through the day on little sleep doesn’t mean that you’re performing at an optimal level. And if you continue trying to push through without enough sleep, you’ll become a candidate for chronic sleep deprivation.

Although sleep requirements can be slightly different for each person, most working adults should be getting 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep every night.

Improve the quality of your sleep, and you’ll improve your productivity

Your body repairs itself during deep sleep, and rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep is believed to be necessary for mood-boosting and learning. Give yourself the best chance at deep sleep by avoiding alcohol, nicotine, and choosing a dark and quiet room for sleeping. Once you improve your deep sleep, you will experience longer periods of REM sleep.

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