We all know that sleep is one of the most time consuming things we do. We sleep a full third of our lives asleep and for most people we don’t even think that’s enough!
Alongside that many of us work 8 hours a day 5 days a week which for the most part makes up another third.
You know sleep is a great way to recover from your day, but it’s also essential for maintaining your mind, your wellbeing, remembering information, being creative and flexible and of course enjoying your life to the fullest.
Not to double down on the importance of sleep but there’s also a strong relationship between how well you are sleeping, and physical and mental health, if you end up in a pattern of not getting enough then the impact ends up being pretty significant.
The impact of lack of sleep
There’s links between a lack of sleep and high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. It can also make us more vulnerable to infection and raises the risk of accident and injury.
There could be a load of reasons you might get less sleep than the recommended 7 – 9 hours a night. Work-related stress and working anti-social hours are just a few of the issues that can keep us awake at night.
But how do you know if lack of sleep is affecting you at work?
Common signs include a general deterioration in your performance, poor concentration or poor memory. On top of this, poor sleep can affect how you communicate, how you regulate your emotions, mood and appetite .
These naturally lead to problems at work either directly or indirectly via an increase in stress, anxiety or withdrawal from your team.
What you can do about it?
There’s plenty of steps you can take if you feel you’re showing signs of any of the above and think it’s probably due to not getting enough sleep. This is where “sleep hygiene” comes in.
Don’t be confused by the phrase ‘sleep hygiene’, it’s not about how clean your bedding is! It’s more about creating the best environment and the right conditions for the good night’s sleep.
As we’re all a little different and prefer different temperatures, different sounds and different bedtime routines, here’s a few ideas to get you started. If you fancy a more specific bedtime plan check out this 30 day plan here.
- Stick to regular bedtimes
- You can totally use your phone if you are using it to relax.
- Try a night light (maybe even check out ours)
- Do your level best to avoid alcohol and caffeine a 6 hours before bed
The impact on businesses
Businesses are increasingly aware of the impact of sleep deprivation on the health and wellbeing of their employees, and the knock-on implications for productivity. They’ve asked for information, evidence-based advice and steps they can take to support sleep and recovery in the workplace.
So we are running sleep performance workshops, where we will run through the best way to optimise sleep and discuss solution for any sleep relating issues they are having and provide your organisation with a sleep toolkit so you can have prolonged success
Alongside this,as many of you know we are working with a range of sleep experts including our resident sleep lead Dr Rich, to produce a sleep enhancement aid that actually helps you go to sleep faster, stay asleep longer and wake up easier on a daily basis.
On top of this we are working with coaches and trainers to produce a sleep and personal development app that will help you optimise and grow into mastering your potential without having to spend 10,000 hours studying or spending £1000’s
We are working with Throman Reid HR to help companies create an understanding environment, where employees can be open with their managers about any sleep-related issues that are hampering them at work.
That way line managers and employees can identify the risks to health and wellbeing in your workplace together and gather the right information to help you put plans in place to manage risks. This can be especially important when changes to your work schedule or significant changes like organisational restructuring are planned..
Although we all make our own decisions at night when to lie down and go to sleep, there are lots of ways employers can support us all as individuals to get a better night’s sleep, and ultimately help us all to be healthier and achieve our potential in the workplace.
If you are interested in learning more about what we offer and how we can help you, or your business.