Canadians have a sleep problem, and that often means we also have a job problem. We’re not getting enough sleep (especially on work nights), so much so, the Centre for Disease says sleep deprivation is a Public Epidemic!
Entrepreneurs and shift workers are particularly susceptible to lack of sleep and snoring, given the pressures and massive workloads that are common for business owners and changing work schedules! But insufficient sleep will cost you in every way — physically, mentally, financially, and on the job.
In contrast, Grade A+ sleep (the kind of Snore MD sleep clinics helps you get) can up your game and give you a leading edge over the coffee addicted half awake zombies wandering the office hallways or job site. Here’s a short list of the ways that sleep can help (and harm) productivity.
How Great Sleep Helps
If anything remotely like a reset button for all problems exists, then sleep might be the closest thing to it. Here’s just a sampling of the ways that getting enough sleep can improve work performance.
1. It repairs our brains. Sleep is critical for the neural pathways in our brains, a process that’s necessary for maintaining memory functions and learning new skills. In short, the only way to keep growing and improving at work is to consistently get a good night’s sleep.
2. It keeps us firing on all cylinders. Sleeping well on a regular basis keeps us sharp by improving problem-solving, heightening our sensory perceptions, and enhancing our ability to be creative, and make good decisions. In other words? Sleep is a vital component of pretty much all the characteristics that make for an exceptional leader at work.
3. It prevents burnout. Getting enough sleep reduces stress and promotes long-term job satisfaction, so we remain productive for the long haul. You spend a large portion of your life working. You need to enjoy it!
4. You’ll be a better coworker. Adequate sleep decreases mood swings and reduces the chance that we’ll be chronically irritable or impatient. Sleeping well also helps us regulate our behavior, so we don’t lash out at co-workers or clients, or that boss!!
How Sleep Deprivation Hurts
Some experts state that even mild sleep deprivation is so damaging to productivity that it’s worse than not eating for days. Not convinced? Here are just some of the ways that not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on our performance at work.
1. It reduces our cognitive capacity. When we aren’t sleeping enough, our brains lose their ability to process learning that takes place during the day, and our short-term memory goes down the tubes. This means that sleep deprivation makes us less able to process tasks, and concentrate at work, and it increases the chances of making a mistake on the job.
2. It decreases engagement. Sleep deprivation can cause us to feel less committed to work thereby reducing work performance. It’s also been linked to decreased quality of life at work—meaning tired people aren’t just less interested in doing their jobs well; they also feel miserable while working.
3. It makes us sick. Not sleeping enough (or well enough) puts us at risk for a variety of physical and mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and immune system deficiencies. Whether mild or severe, these health problems can severely inhibit our ability to be productive workers. Plus, who likes to be sick on the weekend!
The Snore MD dream team is dedicated to improving sleep in all British Columbians, make sure you put sleep before work, and if you need help getting your best sleep ever, our friendly sleep clinics are here to help. We now have 10 Sleep Clinics in British Columbia! Open weekends and even Sundays at select locations!
About the author:
Michael Davis is Snore MD's Director of Optimal Patient Care and community awareness. Driven by a passion for quality of everyday life, Michael became a Respiratory Therapist in 2009 with the goal of helping Canadians sleep better. With experience in critical care medicine, sleep medicine and pulmonary disorders, Michael leads a team of 15 skilled Sleep Clinicians and Respiratory Therapists to help thousands of British Columbians Sleep Better - Live Better.