How sleep deprivation reduces productivity at work


Organisations should realise that sleep impacts cognitive performance, and lack of it may jeopardise relationships between leaders and their teams.

In today’s hyper-connected, competitive world, it is not uncommon for employees to take work to bed and lose sleep over it. Modern professionals are busy chasing goals—every hour, every minute. As a result, they lack the time to pause and look after their body and mind. Most do not mind taking work back home and stay up late to meet deadlines.

According to a recent survey by global staffing firm, Accountemps, more than 40 per cent of professionals in the US, report that sleep often eludes them because they cannot get their jobs off their minds.

Most respondents suffer from sleep deprivation as they are overwhelmed by the feeling of job responsibility. Majority of them have stayed awake to fix business issues or think about their relationship with employees. Some spend sleepless nights for fear of being fired, while others blame their bosses for their sleeplessness.

In yet another interesting survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor, it became evident that three in four (or 74 per cent) employees in the US get less than eight hours of sleep on a typical work night, averaging just 6.9 hours of sleep.

The story is no different in India. A survey conducted by Philips early this year has proved that Indians don’t consider sleep as their priority. 10 per cent of adults reported that work hours overlap with sleep time, which indicates that shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) is a key barrier to sleep.

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