The Truth Behind Sleep and Success

September 06 2017

Hey there career-focused go-getters! Are you trading sleep for time “on the clock”? If you are constantly yawning and feeling drowsy by mid-day, it’s time to start paying attention. Here’s a look at how your lack of Zz’s are hindering your career goals.

Lack of Focus & Memory Loss
In today’s fast-paced world almost 40% of adults aren’t getting enough sleep. The repercussions of this stat are pretty astounding considering the fact that the amount of sleep you get impacts everything from your immune system to your memory, and the short-term effects impact your ability to function and focus at work. According to studies supplied by our partners at the National Sleep Foundation, seven to nine hours of sleep per night is the peak performance sweet spot for adults. Some may argue that they can function on less, but the truth is that our banked bedtime hours is vital to repairing and keeping our bodies functioning. If you fall into this group, it’s time to reevaluate your rest and squeeze in your shut-eye.

Increased Stress & Poor Job Performance
Cutting back on your 40 winks can negatively affect both your physical and mental health. Your brain uses sleep to restore, rest, and recharge. If you’re surviving on a lack of Vitamin-Z, it will impair your cognitive abilities. While it may seem like you have it all under control right now, your focus will slip, job performance will slide, and your stress level will skyrocket, leading you further and further from your own success. Bottom line: delaying bedtime will impact your work sooner or later.

Inability to Reach Your Goals
Getting your sleep pays, literally! In a recent sleep study, workers who were getting less than their recommended seven to nine hours of sleep were asked to add just one hour of additional sleep more per night. The results? That one extra hour of sleep resulted in a 16% salary increase over time on average. Operating while fully rested will give you a leg up on landing that big deal, impressing a client, blowing away the boss’s expectations or earning that promotion. 

Life gets busy, we get it. Good thing working toward success includes a healthy amount of rest.