How Better Sleep Improves Work Performance

Help yourself be a fully engaged employee...
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Human resource professionals have long recognized the association between employee performance and business success.

 A fully engaged employee is productive, energetic, happy and motivated to meet not only his or her own goals, but those of the company as well.

A lot of things can disrupt employee engagement, and one of those problems is sleep-deprivation, which creates  presenteeism.

Presenteeism is seen by companies as even more harmful than its counterpart, absenteeism. It’s when the employee shows up physically, but is tired, preoccupied, worried and unproductive.

Sleep-deprivation isn’t just about wakefulness. It can be caused by pain, discomfort or any disorder that interferes with an uninterrupted sleep cycle.

SLEEP DEPRIVATION STATISTICS

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine:

  •  Insomnia among female workers is much higher than that of their male counterparts, accounting for nearly 22 percent.
  • Men make up roughly 19 percent of America's sleep-deprived workforce.
  • Older workers, particularly men and women over the age of 65, account for 14.3 percent of sleep-deprived workers.

HOW PRIORITIZING SLEEP CAN ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

According to a study published in sleep.org a fully engaged worker:

  • Has the ability to make better decisions
  • Has improved memory
  • Makes fewer mistakes
  • Is less likely to suffer from burnout
  • Can recover from distractions quickly
  • Experiences better focus and concentration
  • Has increased coping skills to better problem-solve
  • Is more productive
  • Is less stressed
  • Enjoys more stable moods

How Can Companies Help?

These little things won’t cost companies much--but the payout can be extraordinary.

They can:

  • Allow more natural light in work areas
  • Not allow eating lunch at the desk.  Eating at the desk only encourages multi-tasking, since the employee is still answering the phone and looking at the computer.
  • Encourage employees to take paid time off--actually, some companies insist on it!
  • Limit office work to office hours only
  • Encourage work/life balance
  • Promote a few “fun” team events during the year.  It gives employees a chance to get to know each other out of the office environment, which ultimately results in better teamwork.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GET A BETTER NIGHT'S SLEEP

Sleep is important to health, and the mattress is important to sleep.. Along with setting an effective sleep schedule, you may want to invest in a good mattress like innovative line of mattresses offered at PangeaBed; they’re all copper-infused, antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and built for optimal support.

The reason copper is so important is because it has been linked for years to survival and health.  It is recognized in many studies for boosting immunity, regulating heart rhythm, encouraging healthy skin cell production, bone formation, maturation and  transportation of both red and white blood cells, etc.

Follow these tips and you’ll be enjoying better sleep in no time.


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