When we're busy or stressed at work, it feels like there is just not enough time in the day to eat, sleep or even just catch our breath. Many people deprive themselves of sleep and run on caffeine in order to put in long hours to get their work done. While we know this can be detrimental to our health, this bad habit also affects work performance. So, while we may be doing more by sleeping less, it may actually be hurting our quality of work. Below are some interesting statistics on sleep:
Sleep deprivation is most commonly the result of voluntarily staying awake for social or economic reasons—such as work.
Insomniacs cost their employers $3,156 in lost productivity. Individuals with less severe sleep disorders cost employers an average of $2,500 in reduced productivity.
Insomniacs miss work five more days a year than employees who don't have trouble sleeping.
The more sleep deprived an individual is, the slower his or her work production becomes.
In the PR world, where you have to be alert and creative to react to news or develop new story angles, sleep is critical to staying sharp and producing good work for your clients. Not getting enough rest won't cut it; lack of sleep makes you sluggish, slows your reaction times and impairs your decision-making. So make it your New Year's resolution to develop better sleep habits, not only to improve your health, but also your work performance. That way, not only will you feel refreshed and energized, but your work will be on point, too.
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