Despite the countless studies and research stating how important sleep is for our overall health and well-being, a good night’s sleep is still not a priority for Americans. In a world where an 8-hour work day is short and 6-hours of sleep are a lot, it’s no wonder that Americans are sleep deprived. Shift workers have their own sleep obstacles to overcome, but what about those of us that work a 9-5 shift? Could the amount of sleep you get be directly affecting your job?
Sleep deprivation causes a myriad of symptoms including an inability to concentrate, morning headaches and memory loss… all of which can negatively affect your job performance. In a poll from the National Sleep Foundation, 29% of people admitted to falling asleep at work or being overly tired at work, while another 12% said that they have gotten to work late because of a lack of sleep. Even if you’re not nodding off at your desk, getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night could dramatically affect how well you perform at work. Getting the proper amount of sleep positively influences your mood, keeps your mind focused and helps to create more positive social interactions, which will all result in a more productive day at the office.
Do you bring your work troubles home with you? If you have trouble falling asleep at night, stress could be the culprit. Are you trying to sleep but ideas for next week’s presentation keep running through your head? Jot them all down. Nancy Rothstein, The Sleep Ambassador, suggests you “empty your head when you go to bed. Don’t bring your work worries to sleep with you”. Keep a pen and a pad of paper on your nightstand to write down any late night ideas or stresses. Writing down your worries will free your mind to focus about other, more soothing thoughts before bed.
Sleepless in Chicago: A recent study conducted by Sleepy’s revealed the top ten Chicagoans most in need of a good night’s sleep. Topping the list as the “Sleepiest Chicagoan” is Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who’s high-pressure, high-profile job may attribute to his loss of sleep. Sleepy’s recently opened 10 stores in the Chicago area, “marking the brand’s first foray outside of the East Coast”. You can see the full list of sleepy Chicagoans and more information about Sleepy’s expansion here.
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Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy