How Much is Bad Sleep Hurting Your Career?
Have you given yourself the gift of a few days off since this pandemic
upended our lives in March? I hope so, there is nothing like taking time
away from work (even if you enjoy it) to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
I took last week off and it was fabulous … hiking, kayaking, swimming and
spending time with family renewed my spirit. Be honest, this pandemic is
stressful and it can feel oppressive.
Make sure you do everything you can to take care of yourself and your
family. Remember to laugh, sleep, eat well, do things you enjoy and take
time to for yourself. Maybe even take a few days off!
“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are
confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
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One thing I am committed to – getting a good night’s sleep whether I’m on vacation or not. There is endless amounts of research tying a poor night’s sleep to poor performance at work. Lack of sleep also negatively impacts health.
This article from HBR looks at sleep problems in school and university and the impact of sleep on leadership and employee engagement.
What is the “right” amount of sleep? It depends, but if you fall asleep easily and wake up before the alarm consistently, you’re on the right track. And speaking of consistency, going to bed and waking up at the same time each day is an important component to a good night’s sleep. New research has found that when we are sleeping waves of fluid clear the brain of toxins, shown to accumulate in Alzheimer’s patients.
If you like gadgets, check out the wearable Oura, it’s a ring that will increase your awareness about your sleep patterns and overall health.
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