Published February 04, 2014
Hitting the sack early isn’t just beneficial to your health, it’s also good for your work productivity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 million workers get less than six hours of sleep per night. That’s nearly 30% of the workforce who aren’t getting the recommended seven to nine hours per night.
The majority of those workers not getting enough sleep tend to be shift workers who work off-hour shifts or irregular routines that can be highly disruptive to sleep. Research from the National Sleep Foundation found that many in the transportation industry report not getting enough sleep including:
For those of us who dwell in cubeland, most of our work tends to focus on mental and social skills, so being cranky and lethargic can pose a real hurdle to decision making, productivity and even safety.
Busy schedules can make it hard to get a good night’s rest, but to increase the amount of ZZZs you get a night, the National Sleep Foundation recommends:
For those unavoidable sluggish days, consider some of the following energy-boosting activities:
Next time you want to take an extra hour by cutting into your sleep to get something done, ask yourself if it’s really worth it. Sleeping less may in fact make your work the next day take longer creating a perpetual spiral of lost sleep.