In our current ultra-connected and hyper-active world, it’s no surprise that many of us are not getting enough sleep. In fact, in a sample of over 180 business leaders, researchers found that four out of every ten participants did not get enough sleep at least four nights per week.
Many believe that we can sleep when we’re dead (or retired), but sleep deficiencies actually have the potential to undermine necessary skills and functions that we need to perform successfully at work and in our general lives. Below is a list of some of the most crucial key performance indicators that are being weakened when we don’t get enough sleep.
We should be sleeping at least seven to eight hours every night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Unfortunately, most business leaders and owners are getting less than this, and although an extra hour of sleep may seem unnecessary, it actually is extremely critical when considering productivity. Not sleeping enough not only hurts your focus capabilities, but it also decreases creative capacities and the motivation to learn new skills.
Have you ever felt grumpy and overly-sensitive when you didn’t get enough sleep the night before? That’s because duration and quality of sleep have a huge impact on your mood and feelings. When we feel irritable at work, it can prove to be a challenge to overcome within the organizational environment. Studies have shown that when workers are tired, interpersonal aspects of their business position proved to be especially difficult.
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When lack of sleep becomes an issue in the workplace, it can put an extra strain on key relationships throughout the organization and can even make the environment feel more hostile and unwelcoming, which is never good for collaborative teamwork.
The less sleep we get, the less motivated and engaged we will be in our work. In fact, a recent study found that 96% of senior leaders were experiencing at least some degree of burnout due to lack of sleep and stress. In addition to this, poor sleep is also connected and is a major predictor of reduced engagement at work.
Are you finding yourself working more and sleeping less? What strategies do you use to get a better night’s sleep? Leave a comment below.
Stacey Riska, aka "Small Business Stacey" is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about saving small business and rebuilding Main Street. She helps small and local business owners become a #SmallBizMarketingWiz by teaching them marketing strategies that get MORE: MORE leads, MORE customers/clients/patients, MORE sales, and MORE money. Stacey is the founder of Small Biz Marketing Specialist, THE go-to place for marketing tips, techniques and strategies that get results. She's also the author of "Small Business Marketing Made EZ" where she shares the 6-simple-step plan to get your marketing into ACTION - literally and figuratively. Stacey is also the creator of the Daily Deals for Massive Profits, an online video training program that teaches small and local business owners how to use daily deal sites like Groupon to skyrocket their business growth and get massive profits. In this program she teaches from experience, as it was the key strategy that transformed her coffee and smoothie business from being $500K in debt to a 7-figure profitable business. When not saving the small business world, she enjoys sipping red wine, eating chocolate (who doesn't!) and spending time with her amazing husband.
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