You hopefully already know by now that getting enough quality sleep each and every night, with absolutely no exceptions, is one of the best things you can do for your health. Still, are you aware of why exactly this is the case? You may be rightfully wondering what it is about sleep that has such a powerful effect on the rest of your waking day. Sure, it is one thing to notice the temporary negative effects of feeling groggy in the first hour or so after waking up, but what you may not be aware of is that your sleepiness, or lack of sleep in general, may actually be having a stronger negative impact on the rest of your day than you may even be aware of.
In fact, even if your grogginess wears off after being awake for a little while, or after downing two cups of coffee, the true effects of sleepiness may still insidiously root their way into your life and disrupt important aspects of your day without you even realizing the true cause. As I learned after coming across a very informative article by Huffington Post Health, here is the importance of getting enough quality of sleep, and how your workplace performance can suffer as a result of not making sleep a priority in your life.
First, it is important to get some basic information out of the way, or at least to refresh your memory on this important health issue. What is the ideal amount of sleep that you should be getting? Scientists and healthcare experts recommend that every adult, barring a particular medical condition’s needs, should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep a night, each and every night. This is also true on weekends and days off. As tempting as it may be to sleep for longer hours during these times, it will actually just disrupt your schedule and cause issues later on in the work week.
So what can sleep do for your workplace performance? Time and time again, research from studies has shown that quality sleep is consistently linked with better cognitive thinking skills, faster reaction times, and higher levels of creativity and problem solving skills. When you are tired, you may or may not think that you are able to process your work in an effective manner, but when you have gotten enough sleep, you will know that you can get more work done much faster.
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