Sleep is good for employees and for businesses, it boosts your immunity and your mental health, sleep can slim you down, it increases your sex drive and optimises your productivity and creativity.
It is so good that Companies should think about rewarding it
Productivity will rise, and motivation, creativity and even levels of honesty will be improved. Sleep can be measured using tracking devices, and some far-sighted companies already give employees time off if they clock enough of it. Some others, like Thrive Global headed by Arianna Huffington, provide nap/meditation areas.
SLEEP IS KEY FOR HAPPINESS AND BUSINESS EFFICIENCY
THE SLEEP-LOSS EPIDEMIC
Mathew Walker, director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, says that we are in the midst of a catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic. In 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on six hours or less sleep a night; today almost half of the population is.
Why ? First, we have electrified the night. It has been a long time since our rhythm has not been dictated by the rise and fall of the sun and that’s pretty good, right ! So, not much we can (or want to) do about that. The worse reason though, as my daughters would say, is the FOMO, the Fear Of Missing Out. People are tired but they can’t help themselves staying out, watching a movie, no one wants to give up time for entertainment or their family … it’s the catastrophic consequence of the FOMO !
Lack of sleep disturbs brain cells and their ability to communicate, they stop firing together and this alters the way we see the world !
Going without sleep can make you effectively drunk !
When we are tired, parts of the brain shut themselves off in order to rest while we are awake. “Starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly,” says Dr Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at UCLA. On top of having parts of the brain down, our neurons in the active parts start firing at a much slower pace than usual and our cognitive abilities get impaired.
Result : lack of concentration, impairment of our analytic and creative potential, poor reaction time, loss of sharpness, forgetfulness
Going without sleep shift creates fear and anxiety
We all know that after a poor night, we can feel grumpy, cranky, hyper sensitive, sometimes a bit low. Brain scans carried out by Matthew Walker revealed a 60% amplification in the reactivity of the amygdala – a key spot for triggering anger and rage – in those who were sleep-deprived.
Lack of sleep changes your ability to regulate emotions and to use the necessary brain resources for objective cognitive processing. It effectively changes the way you perceive and react to the world around you.
Going without sleep affects your health
Not only are we less sharp and anxious but sleep deprivation is also linked to poor health. After just one night of only four or five hours’ sleep, your natural killer cells – the ones that attack the cancer cells that appear in your body every day – drop by 70%. Lack of sleep is also associated with obesity, heart diseases, diabetes …
- We all need (slightly more or less) 8 hours rest per night : find you optimum sleeping time and decide accordingly a wake up/switch off time
- Do you use an alarm clock to wake up in the morning ? How about using it at night to remind you to start preparing for bedtime
- Turn off your devices and create a transition ritual to sleep
- Do not rely on caffeine or energy drinks to pick you up during the day, they might give you this temporary energy boost but they also can seriously damage your sleeping patterns
- If when you hear the alarm clock in the morning, your first thought goes to going to bed earlier tonight, just do it !