August 09, 2023
If you're like me and you have trouble getting enough sleep, you probably don't think much about how it might affect your performance at work. But the truth is that a lack of sleep can have serious consequences on your ability to do your job well—and even keep it. In this post, we'll look at some of the ways lack of sleep affects our performance in different aspects of life—and what employers can do about it.
Sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in stress levels.
Stress is the body's response to a threat, whether it be physical or emotional. When you're stressed, your heart rate increases, and blood pressure rises as your body prepares for fight-or-flight mode. Stress can be caused by factors such as lack of sleep--and when it does happen in this way, it leads to higher blood pressure and other health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Stressed people are more likely to make poor decisions that negatively impact their work performance than non-stressed people are; they also make mistakes more frequently while at work because their brain isn't operating at full capacity due to all the cortisol circulating around in their bodies after being stressed out all night long!
Lack of sleep increases your risk of accidents.
If you're not getting enough sleep, it's likely that you'll be more likely to have accidents at work. The lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in reaction time and increase in errors. Falling asleep at the wheel is a common cause of workplace accidents, but lack of sleep also increases your risk for other types of accidents as well:
Poor sleep affects your ability to learn and remember new information.
Sleep deprivation can lead to amnesia, which is the inability to recall memories. This can be caused by any number of things that affect your ability to sleep well, such as stress or illness. If you're suffering from sleep deprivation, it's likely that some of your recent experiences will be forgotten when you wake up the next morning (or even just before falling asleep).
You may also forget details about things that happened just after waking up--like what happened on your commute to work!
Our performance at work suffers when we don't get enough sleep.
We hope that you're convinced that sleep is important for work performance. But we also know that it can be hard to get enough rest when your job requires long hours or constant travel. If this is the case, then one of our last tips would be to try getting some exercise before bedtime so that you feel more alert during the day. This might sound counterintuitive--after all, wouldn't exercising tire me out even more? In fact, research has shown how exercise helps people fall asleep faster by improving circulation throughout their bodies (which helps send oxygenated blood into brain cells).
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