Five Ways To Prioritize Sleep And Wake Up A Better Employee
Unfortunately, I never paid much attention to the link between refreshing rest and career development. I then had a serious ‘ah-ha’ moment in the spring of 2017 experiencing severe sleep deprivation as a new parent. Sleep affects many of the entrepreneurial and corporate skills that help us thrive in the workplace. The Journal of Sleep Research found that a night of sleep loss can even affect basic daily routines.
Dr. Christopher Barns, a researcher at Washington University, discovered that the less your employee sleeps, the more likely they are to create fake receipts and reimbursement claims and lie to get free raffle tickets. Although sleep is a biological, cognitive, and moral imperative, around 35% of the US population gets the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night.
A study by Rand Corporation noted that the economic sleep crisis costs the U.S. up to $411 billion annually. Second to the US comes Japan at $138 billion and third, the UK at $50 billion. So what does that potentially look like financially in our companies? Matthew Walker,
1. Get excited about your bedtime routine beforehand
A good habit to rekindle our relationship with sleep is to think about sleep during the day. Just like you may plan what you’re going to eat or how you will exercise, think of sleep as your very own spa. Get excited about sleeping. It’s
2. Create a sleep sanctuary internally and externally
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine by lead author, Christopher Drake,
I like to think of the bedroom as our external sleep sanctuary. Just as a de-cluttered office helps boost productivity, a tidy room promotes restful rest. Make your bedroom a sacred place where peace, calm, and relaxation are overflowing. If you allow your bedroom to be a place where a lot of random activities take place, then you probably aren’t creating a strong sleep
3. Sleep at the right time
Renowned neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, says, “Timing your sleep is like timing an investment in the stock market—it doesn’t matter how much you invest, it matters when you invest.” We get the most beneficial hormonal secretions and recovery by sleeping during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. If you miss any sleep during this time, then you may still feel tired the next day. If you tend to go to bed late try to commit to being asleep by 10pm one day this week, two or three days next week, and gradually work your way up.
4 Act on your belief
If there was a pill that you had to take at the same time every day that would help you live longer, reduce your risk of cancer, and promote holistic well-being, would you forget to take it? Sleep is your very own elixir. Believe that sleep is important. Once we believe in something, our actions generally follow suit.
I know sleep is an opportunity cost for most of us, but we’re in this together. Not everyone needs an immediate response. It will be okay if you don’t answer your phone or call someone back. You will be much more productive if you’re well rested.
5. Learn to say no
People reporting unrealistic time pressure and stress at the workplace sleep on average 8 minutes less per day than those with low levels of time pressure. The busier we are, the less time we have to sleep, but being busy is not the same as being effective or efficient. We simply can’t do everything. To regain control over your time, make sure everything you’re saying “yes” to matches your current life priorities. I know its sometimes easier said then done but what will happen if we don’t put ourselves first.
It took us a while to get into this sleep crisis, and change won’t happen overnight. However, I have every confidence that women, like us, will recognize the importance of sleep and commit to taking steps to reunite our relationship.
Rachel Montañez developed on-demand ‘Deep Dive Burnout’ coaching because of the experiences she’s had since 2010 working globally as an award-winning Career Coach. Rachel also uses the unique skills learned in her career guidance graduate degree to empower with her signature talk ‘Sleep Better, Live Better, Work Better.’ She’s the founder of Sleep 10:2, a comprehensive career coaching organization.
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I've had a LOVE relationship with all things career related for quite some time. The training and coaching industry captivated me before age 22 when working in Japan. I never paid much attention to the link between sleep and career development until having a serious ‘ah-ha’ moment in the spring of 2017 while experiencing sleep deprivation as a new parent. The concept of burnout became real to me and the work I’ve done with clients... Continue Reading
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