Is Sleep Deprivation Affecting Your Work Performance?
If you are a business owner, you probably count yourself amongst those who regularly run on minimal amounts of sleep. Is 4 – 5 hours a night common for you? While many high-performing people cite this as a normal pattern of behaviour, this goes against scientific research that states that adult humans need 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night.
It may be tempting to think that the high level of success that these people have achieved services as proof that sleep isn’t necessary; however, it is also important to note that these high-achievingÂ people represent a small segment of the population. Perhaps they are so driven to accomplish their tasks that they are able to overcome the effects of sleep deprivation. Or perhaps they possess a rare genetic mutation that allows their body to function normally on less sleep. Perhaps they are trying to pretend that they aren’t affected, or maybe they are too proud to admit that they are tired all of the time. Regardless, everyone needs their sleep.
A lack of sleep doesn’t just result in you feeling tired. Your entire body pays the price when it isn’t well rested. In this blog post, I will discuss the common side effects of long-term sleep deprivation.
Common Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation:
Memorizing a lot of information is never easy. While the link between sleep and memory is not fully understood, chronic sleep deprivationÂ has been shown to correlate with a reduced overall ability to form and retain memories over the course of a lifetime. It’s speculated that the brain transitions short-term memories and information into longer-term memories during sleep.
Did you know that your metabolism is partially regulated on your sleep schedule?Â When you are sleep deprived, your body loses its ability to regulate your sense of hunger and fullness. On top of this, you also burn fewer calories overall while you’re awake. Both of these factors are worsened even more by the fact that you’re awake for several more hours. Because of this, you will need to eat more to stay full over the longer period of wakefulness.
Chance of “Burning Out”
“Burnout” can result from a number of factors, but sleep deprivationÂ is one of the biggest reasons why it happens. Feeling exhausted all of the time will not do your physical and mental health any favours. Depriving your brain of restorative sleep will eventually catch up to you and cause you to stop caring for your work altogether.Â Your mood is also affected by your sleep patterns. If you find yourself more irritableÂ or short-tempered, consider going to bed earlier and getting more shut eye.
Don’t treat a lack of sleep as though you are wearing some kind of badge of honour. There is a reason humans evolved to need the amount of sleep that we do. While its exact role in regulating our biological functions are not fully understood, it has been shown that sleep is highly correlated to your memory, weight, and mood.
Are you working longer hours than you want to or ever thought you would be? Is this having a negative effect on your sleeping patterns? If you are ready to take charge of your business again, contact local Business Coach Rob Carol today! Request your free, no-obligation consultation.Â