We all know how important it is to get the proper amount of rest every night. From the time we are young children, “getting enough sleep” is the number one answer given to us when we want to know why we aren’t allowed to stay up “just five more minutes”.

But what constitutes a good night’s sleep? What does it consist of, and how does it help us in our daily lives and activities?

One thing that you can be certain of from the start is that some of the most successful and influential figures in world history have all had very specific and convicted theories and viewpoints about sleep patterns and rest cycles.

In fact, many of them attributed a large part of their success to having cracked the nocturnal secret to maximum productivity. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that sleep helps you attain a great work-life.

Why You Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep and How it Affects Your Work

Before we cover all of the great things more sleep can do for you at work, let’s first go over all of the problems that not getting enough sleep may already be causing.

Countless studies have shown the effects of lack of sleep to be highly similar to having too much to drink. Slowed and slurred speech, blurred vision, impaired reflexes and reduced reaction times all accompany insomnia as well as intoxication.

Given the above, you can imagine the impact this is having on your work performance. If you wouldn’t go to work directly following a tailgating party during the big game, or after a night of excessive celebration, why would you do it day after day on insufficient rest?

How to Get More Sleep and Improve Your Job Performance

The fact of the matter is that a healthy, normally functioning adult needs a minimum of six to seven solid and uninterrupted hours of sleep per day. Anything less than this and you are making sacrifices in the production and efficiency of your work-life. Here are a few tips to help you catch a few more winks at night, and a few less while sitting at your desk the next day:

  •  Avoid that late afternoon latte
  •  Eat a lighter evening meal
  •  Hit the gym
  •  Reduce the use of electronic devices later in the evening
  •  Develop a bedtime routine

All of these things can help to significantly improve your rest and sleep times. Caffeine’s effects on our bodies, for example, can easily last six to eight hours. The blue light screens of our devices suppress the production of melatonin, one of our bodies’ natural sleep aids. There are numerous everyday things to change about your routine that can help improve the quality of your rest.

Before You Nod Off Again…

Anything you do to increase the amount of time you get for proper sleep can have a huge impact on your work, personal, social, and even financial life. It can do wonders for your overall health, both physically and mentally. Keep the above tips in mind and get the quality sleep you need to succeed!

Barry's 25 years of experience with Silicon Valley Corporations such as IBM, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise & DXC Technology enables him to share his knowledge of succeeding in today's professional corporate environments and develop a great work life for yourself.

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