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A Good Night’s Sleep Is The Key To A Successful Career
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A Good Night’s Sleep Is The Key To A Successful Career

By Karoline Gore on June 27, 2019

Sleep is a vital indicator of overall well-being. According to Sleep Foundation, working age adults need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep to be properly rested. However, most Southeast Asians are simply not getting the required amount of sleep, and this not only leads to health issues, but also to reduced productivity. Quality sleep is needed so that you don’t put your health at risk and you can deliver quality performance everyday.

 

Physical Appearance And Social Interaction

Lack of sleep can affect your physical appearance. Beauty sleep is real: it has been found that quality and length of sleep can have a significant effect on a person’s physical appearance and personality. In one study, 25 participants were photographed after normal sleep and after 2 days of sleep deprivation. The photographs were then rated by 122 raters. The results revealed that people are more inclined to socialize with individuals who have had sufficient sleep, as they are perceived as more attractive as well as healthier. As someone working in a busy office or attending regular meetings, sleep could therefore be a valuable tool in your arsenal. As well as potentially improving how others view you, it can lead to increased confidence, making you a more valuable member of an effective and sociable working team.

 

Cognitive Functioning And Physical Health

Sleep deprivation is known to have negative effects on your cognitive functioning and health. The immediate effects of lack of sleep can be impaired attention span, memory, and learning. Your immune system is also weakened, which means you are more at risk of getting illnesses such as colds and flu, equating to more sick days, which can be detrimental to your career. The long term effects are still being investigated, but poor quality sleep has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. In a 2018 study with more than 116,000 people from 21 countries, the researchers concluded that amount of sleep is associated with cardiovascular diseases and death. Individuals who slept for less than six hours each night had an increased risk of developing heart diseases.

 

Productivity And Decision-Making

If you regularly miss out on sleep, your brain may stop doing important jobs that are vital to your work. For instance, it may slow down your ability to learn new skills, and you may find quick-thinking difficult. Your temperament might also be at risk, since lack of sleep has been associated with irritability and moodiness. Sleep deprivation can also have dangerous consequences. For instance, some accidents in the past have been tied to lack of sleep. Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska in 1989, spilling 258,000 barrels of crude oil and destroying the home of animals and plants in the area. The crew had just finished a 22-hour shift, and one of the crewmen had only taken a nap in the last hours leading up to the crash. This shows that when you're tired, it becomes hard to make quick decisions, which can have a devastating impact on your working environment.

 

Sleeping the appropriate amount of time is not a sign that you’re unproductive: rather, it’s a sign that you are willing to invest time in yourself. You are committed to ensuring that you have good health. A healthy worker is a productive and efficient worker, securely on the path to a successful career.

 


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