Sleeping patterns and productivity

Sleeping too much or less determine can your productivity level

A study that was conducted in the American Journal of Health Promotion says that workers who sleep 10 or more hours might be experiencing lag in the workplace than those who sleep the recommended eight hours. says getting too much or too little sleep could result in impaired workplace productivity, however an average adult sleeps less than six hours a day which is not only linked to poor productivity but National Sleep Foundation of US, also weight gain, stress, and higher levels of illness which eventually translates into more days off due to illness. Oversleeping or under sleeping could be hazardous

Correlation between sleep and productivity

When looking at how sleep relates to productivity one has to examine a few factors such as how diet and exercise, lifestyle behaviours, and daily stress affect sleep patterns and has been observed that employees who are getting five or fewer hours of sleep each night generally are off work more often than employees who report getting a healthy 8 hours of sleep and those that sleep more hours than necessary. But then it is a researched (studies in Europe and Japan) fact that oversleeping is caused by “overwork”.

Is sleep crisis our culture?

Matthew Carter, PhD, a sleep specialist at Williams College believes there is a sleep crisis and it is caused by the need to prolong the day and put more hours of work. The side effects of this is people deprived of sleep enjoy the day less and they are not focused enough to be productive which defeats the objective. It will be important for future that researchers continue to explore the associations between job-related stressors, sleep quality, and workers’ health status.  Dr Carter is adamant that “You’re able to get more done on a good night’s sleep, not less.”

by Sbongile Mdhletshe

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