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Wake Up! 3 Things to Know About Sleep and Productivity

There are generally two types of sleepers: night owls and deep sleep lovers. According to the CDC, 40 million American workers, or nearly one-third of the workforce, are sleeping 6 hours or less a night; that’s one shocking stat! Whether you’re up all night or just finding yourself sleeping past your snooze alarm, here are four things you need to know about sleep and productivity:

  1. Sleep is costing America – big time.

The cost of sleep deprivation is staggering. A recent survey showed that, “lack of sleep among the U.S. workforce is costing approximately $411 billion and losing 1.2 million working days per year.” Sleeping is a fundamental part of a proper work balance, and without the proper amount of hours, valuable time will be lost.  On a day when I tossed and turned the night before, all I can think about is when I can go back to sleep next. Similarly, many American workers underestimate how much time is lost throughout the day when your mind is bogged down by exhaustion. The next time you think about skipping the ZZZs, make sure to think twice about how much those sleeping hours will actually cost you and your work!

  1. Snoozin’ isn’t so bad!

Taking a three hour snooze every single day won’t help snag a promotion, but there are some pretty interesting statistics on how getting a few minutes of shut eye during the day can help productivity during the work day. There was a recent study done for WebMd where psychologists studied the effects that naps have on NASA pilots. The results were amazing! Pilots who were allowed to take a short nap (40 to 45 minutes) improved their performance by 34 percent and their alertness by 54 percent. Even though we aren’t all NASA pilots, it is important to take away the fact that a short nap truly can increase work productivity. As long as a 20-30 minute snooze doesn’t take you completely away from work and it fits into your schedule, try it out! Maybe during your next lunch, hour find a quiet place to close your eyes.

  1. Every hour counts.

Research conducted by The Sleep School revealed that a single bad night’s sleep can reduce productivity by a whopping 57 percent! Lack of sleep is detrimental to maintaining solid work habits all day. During sleep, our minds are able to unwind, relax and forget all the stressful work situations. Sleeping for an adequate amount of time during the night will allow you to wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Do yourself (and your work productivity) a favor and catch all 7 hours’ worth of rest each night.

Humans may be able to survive 11 days without sleeping, but I highly discourage trying that if you want to be productive at work. Staying up to all hours of the night is simply not worth the negative effects of sleep deprivation. Productivity is highly dependent on rest because your mind needs to be able to operate without feeling exhausted. Have any more points about sleep and productivity? Please share below:

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