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Sleeping Your Way to Greater Productivity
When working longer does not accomplish more
50 million Americans suffer from sleep problems that affect their daily work, personal relationships, and safety. (National Sleep Foundation*)
Our work hours keep increasing, and we struggle to fit in all the demands for our time.
- 25% have a workday between 8 and 9 hours.
- 25% say they work between 9 and 10 hours.
- 33% say they work 10 hours or more.
- 23% did job-related work within an hour before going to bed.
The Results at Work
A busy day, combined with lack of sleep, definitely impacts workplace performance.
- 40% became impatient with others a few times per month
- 27% found it difficult to concentrate
- 20% produced less than they had anticipated being able to do
- 19% have injured themselves or had a job accident in the past year
In order to counter the results of sleepiness, it is common to turn to caffeinated drinks, snacks high in sugar and carbs, or stimulant medications. None of these is physically beneficial, and, in turn, can actually disrupt sleep, despite how tired you are. Thus the cycle continues.Personal Solutions
- Allow a minimum of two hours away from work issues before bedtime.
- Cut off caffeine for at least eight hours prior to sleep.
- Do not eat a heavy meal within three hours of sleep time.
- Maintain a relaxing bedtime routine.
- 34% say that their employers permit naps during breaks.
- 16% say employers provide a place for them to nap.
- 26% more said they would nap if the employer allowed it.
*Statistics from surveys by the National Sleep Foundation
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