Getting an optimal amount of sleep does not just boost your mood but also infuses your body with extra energy. When well rested, your brain and body function are at their best, giving you better memory, stronger skills, and endurance that will enable to you think clearly, make better decisions, regulate emotions and engage more effectively with others.
Benefits of Sleep
Faster stress recovery
Sleeping less than six hours each night is one of the causes of on-the-job burnout. Stress-pile up from the workday becomes more evident with sleep deprivation which could lead to a mental and physical breakdown if unattended. Get into the habit of snoozing more now to raise the odds of having a long career and enjoying your job.
Improves focus and memory
When you are sleep-deprived, you will have more trouble re-focusing on the task at hand after a disruption, compared with someone who is well rested. Also, getting enough rest is key to cementing what you have learned during the day. If you are sleep-deprived, you have a higher chance of forgetting things easily.
Improves decision making
Sleep improves your ability to make accurate on-the-spot decisions. Even if you are moderately sleep-deprived, you will have a 50 per cent slower response time and a lower accuracy rate on simple tasks than someone who is under the influence of alcohol. While it may not sound like much, it will go a long way to determine how much impact you make at your workplace.
Cultivating a sleep culture
- Take naps between work hours: take a power nap for 10 to 20 minutes in between work. This helps you restore alertness, heightens sensory perception, prevent burnout, and makes you more productive.
- Adopt a natural sleep cycle: Your body has a natural sleep routine that if you keep to, will enable you to recover from stress. Create a strict sleep schedule and commit to it every day.
- Turn Off gadgets Before Bedtime: Make sure your TV, computer, and smartphones are turned off before you go to bed. The bright light that comes from these devices triggers your brain to wake up and be more alert when in fact you are trying to calm it down and get it ready for sleep.