When people don’t get enough sleep, it’s no surprise that they’re often less productive at work the next day. But productivity isn’t the only thing that can be effected by a lack of sleep. Researchers have found that sleep-deprived workers are also less innovative, more stressed and unhappy with their jobs, and more likely to behave inappropriately or unethically. (When you’re exhausted, cutting corners in order to get something done can sometimes seem like a good idea.)
So what can be done to fix this situation? Well, it kind of depends on why you’re not getting enough sleep.
For some people, their lives are so busy that it’s simply not possible to get seven or eight hours of sleep each night. If you fall into this group, you have my sympathies! And I’m sure there’s no easy fix. (Otherwise, you would have done it!) But utilizing time management techniques could help – things like creating a detailed weekly schedule for yourself, prioritizing your activities and responsibilities, and having a plan in place in case unexpected developments occur.
For others, the problem is that they’re simply not able to sleep easily or soundly. If you fall into this second group, check out the video below. I found it to be very interesting and informative! You might want to try a few of these techniques and see if you find them helpful.
Good luck and sweet dreams!
Gregoire, C. (2013, July 23). 5 things you should know about sleep health in the workplace. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carolyn-gregoire/sleep-workplace_b_3294409.html