Did you ever notice that after a good night’s sleep you have more energy, can think more clearly, concentrate better, recall information faster, and make fewer mistakes? It is during sleep that we store the energy critical for the brain to function effectively. The brain needs sleep to fulfill basic biological needs, maintain focus, attention, and alertness, repair brain cells.

Good sleep helps us to think with clarity, remember information, and make better decisions. Lack of adequate amount of sleep impairs our ‘executive function’ — a set of abilities we need to perform well in school, at work, and in all other realms of life.

Sleep and work performance

According to a study conducted by a consumer products giant [1]nearly 93 percent of Indians are sleep deprived. The study further says that 72 percent of Indians are waking up one to three times per night and 87 percent of them say lack of sleep is affecting health. The study also reveals that more than 58 percent of Indians believe their work suffers due to lack of adequate sleep and 38 percent have witnessed a colleague falling asleep at work.

The causes of sleep deprivation can be many including poor sleep habits, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, and shift work. However, it is important to bear in mind that it is not possible to adjust or get used to sleep loss and that can it impact our critical thinking abilities in the long-term.

A research study on trouble sleeping and lower work performance estimated that sleeping was associated with a greater likelihood of missed work days, lower work performance (either subjective or relative), and higher overall health care costs.

Sleep and academic performance

Growing evidence of the relationships between sleep, learning, and memory suggests an association between sleep and GPA. Students who obtained more sleep had higher GPAs than short sleepers. Studies suggest that sleeping shortly after we learn new information helps us retain and recall that information later.

Reduce sleep deprivation

Good sleep hygiene includes a regular sleep-wake schedule, quiet sleep environment, and avoiding caffeine after lunch and stimulating activities before bed.

Interventions such as scheduling the start of the day at a later start time, educational programmes on sleep effects of sleep deprivation or availability of “nap rooms” can help in reducing sleep deficit

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Dozee is not a medical device. It is not designed or intended for use in diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disorder or illness

Trouble Sleeping Associated with Lower Work Performance and Greater Healthcare Costs: Longitudinal Data from Kansas State Employee Wellness Program