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Fri 20 Jul 2018

Does better quality sleep improve business productivity? Part 2

Health & Wellbeing
In this second part of a 3 part article, Anne Noonan will share her insights into how sleep deprivation makes us less productive at work and what we can do about it.

If there were a readily available solution to better health, disease prevention, boosted energy, sharper thinking, beautiful skin, quicker responses, improved production and concentration, would you want it?  

We have it at our fingertips.   It’s sleep.   But for many of us, that full quality 8 hours of solid sleep remains elusive.

Why is it that we think we can work til midnight and be up again at 4 or 5 am to face another day and think that we’re doing a good job?   The saying ‘I can sleep when I’m dead’ is likely to ring true if our pursuit of minimal hours of sleep is a goal.   Being ‘dead’ will come sooner and our quality of life in our waking hours will be less than ideal.

A recent article in The Guardian by Matt Walker author of ‘Why We Sleep’ states “My research shows that everything from profits to creativity is improved when employees are well rested”.   Read more here: https://bit.ly/2J3qA7k

Our performance suffers when we’re sleep deprived and unfortunately the effects of that deprivation trickles down to team members, employees and family.

Ever had a ‘bad boss’?

I recall the CEO who was irrational, emotional, confused, a little scary and drank too much.   I guarantee those bosses were getting minimal hours sleep a night and weirdly enough felt they were doing well by the company as these long late hours of work were encouraged.    Studies have proven weak leadership and bad workplace behaviour were clearly linked to sleep deprivation.

What can we do to improve our days productivity?

Do you need caffeine to wake up and a wine to wind down at night?

Here’s 2 more tips to keep your 7 to 9 hours of sleep quality ones.

  1. Caffeine – keep it to a dull roar.   No caffeine after 1pm including coffee, tea and sugar free caffeinated soft drinks.
  2. Alcohol – does it relax?   Only temporarily.   The effects of too many glasses of wine will wear off in just a few hours, thereby destroying our sleep.

Stay tuned for Part 3, where Anne will share more of the serious danger to our health when sleep deprived.

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