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How Sleep affects Your Work

Sleep is essential to maintain optimal health and to exploit our full potential at work. If you do not get enough and quality sleep every night, your work suffers a lot. How? Find out.

Office Health By Ariba Khaliq / Oct 14, 2014

The Less Sleep You Get, the Worse You Do

If tossing and turning in bed all night wasn’t bad enough, getting up and going to work the next day does it for you. Without a good night’s sleep, you are sluggish and unproductive, and you find it difficult to handle your workload. And these effects can be caused by losing just a few hours of your slumber. A demanding job and responsibilities can throw you in the vicious cycle of skimping sleep to working longer; beware because it will eventually backfire. When you don’t take enough sleep, you are not as productive; here’s how.

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Imbalanced Sleep means More Sick Leaves

Whether you sleep too little or too much, both will make you sick. A study published in the journal Sleep associates sleeping fewer than 5 hours or more than 10 hours a night with staying home sick for 4.6 to 8.9 more days than people as compared to people who sleep between 7 to 8 hours a night. Even when health and other key factors put on to affect the association between sleep and sickness absence had been explained, this link stayed.

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Lack of Sleep Harms the Economy

A Harvard study indicates the total amount of money lost by the US economy because of sleep deprivation to be $63 billion each year. Any kind of insomnia suffered by people, such as waking up in the middle of the night, or having trouble falling asleep, costs employers about 7.8 work days’ worth of productivity a year.

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Sleeping Enough Ensures Creativity

Without sleep you will keep thinking about the brighter idea and it will never occur to you. Stepping outside the box and being creative is impossible if you aren’t sleeping enough. It has been reported that sleep is associated with innovation. A deprivation of sleep is linked with impairment in the mental ability.

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Your Productivity Stoops with a Lack of Sleep

Believe in the 2012 study published in Journal of Vision which tells you that the more sleep-deprived you are, the slower you become at getting tasks done at work. Reuters also reported that researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital discovered that the longer the participants were awake, their accuracy and speed at a visual search computer task decreased.

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Your Wages go down with Sleep Deficiency

Research found that if people who are already sleep-deprived if are allowed to sleep one extra hour along with average sleep over the long run, experienced a 16 percent increase in their wages. This was reported in The Wall Street Journal.

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Sleep Strengthens Your Memory

And not just any memory, sleeping enough tones up the sort of memory in you that can help you on the job. This memory is called the working memory capacity and a 2011 Michigan study has showed this memory to be improved by sleep. This form of memory seems to be associated with problem-solving, vocabulary, decision-making and reading comprehension.

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Sleep Enough for Less Job Burnout

If you get less than six hours of sleep a night, it will lead to job burnout, as well as you will find it difficult to detach yourself from work thoughts even during the leisure time. The study findings suggest that the stress may directly not be causing the burnout but the recovery from stress may. To help prevent the burnout, treatments to enhance sleep and recovery in occupational settings could work.

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