Are you putting in extra hours at work to get ahead in your career? If you’re sacrificing your sleep to get there, you may be preventing yourself from being your best self at work.
Sleep deprivation is not only linked to a decrease in brain size, but it’s also associated with decreased productivity, difficulty concentrating, impaired creativity and lower job satisfaction at work.
On the flip side, sleep can improve brain power and put you on the right path for career success. Here’s how:
- Enhanced creative problem solving. According to research, sleep improves the ability to come up with creative solutions to problems. Sleep helps achieve such solutions by “stimulating associative networks, allowing the brain to make new and useful associations between unrelated ideas.”
- Improved memory. Sleep strengthens memories that are formed throughout the day, and links new memories to older ones. It is for this reason that sleep plays important role in learning as it preps the brain for absorbing the new information for better recollection later.
- Better mood. Insufficient sleep can cause you to be in a bad mood at work leading to decreased satisfaction and performance. According to a report, the annual cost in lost worker productivity due to sleeplessness is about $63 billion.
- Less stress. A lack of sleep can leave you feeling cranky and more irritable, which can make you more susceptible to stress. When you’re well-rested, you’re better prepared to handle stress.
And for the nights that you just can’t get to sleep, a short nap after lunch can help improve brain power and prevent the 3 p.m. slump. The Luxury Adjustable Pillow System can also help as it will ensure a comfortable rest, whether you sleep on your side, stomach or back.