Sleep needs to be given the priority it has always deserved. And now there is more reason to do that!
According to the latest findings, sleep and work are connected; getting proper sleep can help you climb the ladder at work.
Better sleep not only helps keep illnesses away, but also makes you a better leader. According to the Harvard Business Review, sleep enhances memory and ability to retain information. It allows us to process experiences better. Moreover, it helps get rid of the beta-amyloid known to cause difficulty in cognition.
When you don’t get proper sleep both in terms of duration and quality, a lot of problems crop up. Your ability to take decisions is affected, your creativity suffers, and your self-control takes a back seat. All of these together hinder your performance at work.
If you are at a managerial position, then your sleep deprivation not only disturbs your work and performance, but also that of your team. As a result, the entire business suffers.
What can you do about it then? Get good sleep!
Why is sleep important?
Here’s how your work improves when you include healthy sleep habits into your routine, and therefore, are well rested and have woken up fit to take on the world –
- You are able to focus better
When you have slept well, you can expect to rise above distractions.
Sleep deprivation causes us to get rattled at the slightest provocations. By sleeping better, you will be able to focus on the work at hand even when someone disruptive comes along and even if there is too much noise on your floor.
- You can say bye to silly mistakes
Your accuracy on even the simplest tasks is affected by sleep deprivation. When you get a goodnight’s sleep, you will suddenly have more response time to problems, and so you will be solving them better.
Also, good sleep transforms your reactions into responses. Because of this, you won’t be losing your temper or saying things that hurt others at the moment and hurt you later. You will be able to judge situations better, take the necessary time to assess it well and come up with a good response. All of this helps you perform better at work.
- You won’t have a burnout
A burnout occurs when a person is extremely exhausted – physically, mentally, and emotionally. This can happen for a number of reasons, but the top contender is continued stress, work pressure, and sleep deprivation.
When you start sleeping better, you slowly heal these exhaustions. Your stress is taken care of, you are better at handling the pressure at work, also you get the wisdom to let go of responsibilities which you know you cannot accommodate.
Learning how to say no to some (apparent) opportunities when you have got too much on your plate already, is a skill that comes in handy when trying to perform better at work.
- You will have better memory
All the important information that comes your way during the day is assimilated during sleep. This makes it obvious that sleep plays a major role in memory.
When we sleep, our brain consolidates memory. If we have not had adequate hours of good sleep, then our brain has a hard time recalling information, which can be very detrimental to the work you do, especially if your work requires you to keep information and details on the tip of your tongue.
With all these scientifically-backed reasons, one thing is certain – sleep better to work better isn’t a myth.
So how does one sleep better. Here are a few simple habits that you can add into your routine –
- Try to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Experts say it is best for your sleep if you can maintain your sleep timings even on weekends so as to not disturb the circadian rhythms.
- Expose yourself to natural light during the day, but keep away from the blue light of electronic devices at least two hours before sleep.
- Meditate or write in your journal before you go to bed. This will help you calm your mind and soothe your nerves, making you sleep sooner than usual. You can also read if you want, but preferably not on an e-reader.
- Take a warm bath an hour before sleep, and drink a cup of chamomile tea in bed. Both of these practices help with anxiety and stress, making you drowsy and putting you to sleep.
Get good sleep to get better at work. Invest in seven to nine hours of good sleep in order to perform your best at the job you love so much.