Even before Covid-19, we were in danger of working too much (or basically staying nights to binge watch the latest series) and sleeping too little. Now, with work from home ruling our lives, our sleep cycles have gone haywire. As has our productivity.
But sleep and productivity are interlinked. Shortfall in deep sleep, a stage of sleep that helps your body restore and repair itself, especially, impacts not just your work but your health too. In the long run, a pattern of inadequate sleep or sleep deprivation may result in diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and more.
Let’s look at the some of the ways in which sleep affects your work life.
You tire faster
In a study with athletes, it was found that when those don’t sleep well tire 11% faster than those who did. In a work day lasting 8 hours, that is the difference between getting tired at 4.15 pm versus 5 pm. Multiply that with work from home timings, and you’ve got an issue.
You end up procrastinating
Forget screen fatigue. You may not be able to get that assignment done because you haven’t slept enough. When you are sleep deprived, your energy levels are low and thus your willpower and decision making skills are also low. This makes you dither over work, and lead to putting it off endlessly till you hit the deadline – and then you don’t sleep again so you can meet the deadline. It’s a vicious circle.
You forget things easily
Sleep is the process of your brain rebooting itself. It clears out the clipboards, recycle bin and RAM for the next day. When you’re not giving your system enough time for a proper clear out, your brain feels sluggish. If you feel like you’re forgetting tasks, meetings, or simple things, you may need more sleep.
Your body and mind behave like their drunk
Studies have shown that the effect of being sleep-deprived is similar to being intoxicated. And last we checked, work and drunk don’t go together. According to a British medical journal, the effect of going 17-19 hours without sleep, on your brain, is similar to having a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.05. In some countries, that’s not even sober enough to drive. Better sleep means better clarity productivity.
Last modified: September 18, 2020