The Relationship Between Sleep and Job Performance

In the spirit of World Sleep Day, we thought we would take a little look into the relationship between sleep and on-the-job performance.

Unsurprisingly, it turns out that getting enough rest can not only be beneficial for boosting your mood and energy but can also improve how you perform at work, and here is how…

With adequate sleep, you will
 
  • Have better attention and concentration, making it easier for you to focus, but also to recover from distractions faster
  • Make fewer mistakes (according to sleep.org even if you are moderately sleep-deprived, you will have 50 percent slower response time and a lower accuracy rate on simple tasks than someone who is under the influence of alcohol)
  • Make better decisions and ignite your inner creative
  • Improve your memory’s ability to absorb and retain information
  • Have a higher chance of avoiding ‘burnout’, which can severely affect both your productivity and your job satisfaction
The tips on how to improve your chances of getting optimal shut-eye are definitely not in short supply. The basic ‘do’s’ involve creating a relaxing bedtime ritual, designing the ideal sleep environment (preferences on light, noise and temperature are individual), adopting a healthy and active lifestyle, reducing stress and anxiety, getting into the habit of switching off technology an hour or two before you want to fall asleep, limiting your caffeine intake. We asked the KHM team to let us in on their top sleep secrets to share with you, and here are there words of wisdom…
 
  • Download the Headspace App
  • Put down your phone/tablet/laptop
  • Invest in a Lumie bodyclock
  • Get a daily dose of fresh air
  • Drink a sleep-aiding herbal tea
  • Ban TV from the bedroom
  • Take a warm bath/shower
  • Turn off the lights and light candles instead (after dinner)
  • Listen to relaxing music
  • Turn on a fan (if white noise is your thing - everybody has their quirks)
  • Keep a little book next to your bed to write down all your stresses
  • Invest in a good mattress, pillows and sheets