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Sleep, work performance and wellbeing

Good sleep is essential to feel and be at your best. What does that mean? Firstly, it means getting enough sleep. Sleep scientists recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night. That may seem like a lot in today’s sleep deprived society. Many of us sacrifice sleep time to pack in other activities and commitments outside work. However, prioritising sleep is important for good physical and mental health.

Getting enough good quality sleep boosts your immune system and also helps regulate your metabolism, helping to protect against diabetes type 2 and obesity. Good quality sleep also helps to process anxiety and stress, an important function of REM sleep. Research shows that poor sleep of supervisors/managers can lead to poorer performance of their teams.

Poor sleep also affects cognitive performance with less ability to focus and poorer decision making. Critically, this may also affect health and safety at work- having the same effect as drinking alcohol- and impairing judgement.

The good news is that improving sleep quantity and quality can improve physical and mental performance. Some research shows that those sleeping better and longer also may earn more.

If you want to know more about how to improve your sleep and workplace performance then get in touch for a chat. I work with individuals and organisations to help them improve their sleep so they can feel better and perform better.

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