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How Sleep Affects Your Productivity

Are you wondering why you haven't done much for the day yet you feel so drained? Or do you find yourself forgetting things that you are sure you know? Maybe you are not having enough sleep.

Although you might be thinking that you are sacrificing sleep so you can finish what you have to do, your inability to handle responsibilities with complete focus and concentration can lead to errors and delay that you strive so hard to prevent.

On top of that, constant tiredness will also affect everything that you do. First, you cannot concentrate, then you will have trouble listening and processing information, and this will lead to frustrations, which can affect your mood, posture and overall performance. This chain of events takes a toll on your physical and mental health.

Sleep Improves Your Mental Health

A good night's sleep can improve your mood and performance. Even if you are not an expert in this field, you can probably tell how you feel active the next day after having decent hours of sleep. In contrast, you can feel exhausted, stressed, and irritated faster if you did not have enough sleep the night before.

In a study conducted by Korean researchers, it was observed that volunteers who were sleep-deprived for 24 hours showed an increase in the stress-related hormones. When you are stressed, you are also susceptible to feeling overwhelmed by the things that you have to do throughout the day, affecting your mood and performance.

If you are experiencing anxiety, apathy, depression, or irritability, you might want to assess your sleeping pattern. Treat sleeping as a ritual, as Dalai Lama's saying goes, "sleep is the best meditation". Make a habit of putting your mind in a relaxed mood, take deep breathes as you close your eyes. These few steps might help you have a restful and wholesome sleep.

Sleep Affects Your Focus and Concentration

Sleep deprivation affects your ability to learn in different ways. You will find it hard to focus and concentrate, which in turn affects how you learn efficiently. This will take a toll on your performance in school or productivity at work.

Studies have shown that the nerve connections in our brain are strengthened when we sleep. It embeds the things that we have learned for the day and consolidates new information into our memories. So, if your sleep is cut short, this cycle will be disrupted, and you will have a hard time storing knowledge.

On the other hand, the most significant danger of sleepiness is slowed reaction time. This will be a particular problem when you are doing tasks that require quick response time, or when you're driving.

Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each year, 100,000 crashes reported to police are due to driver sleepiness and exhaustion.

Sleep Prevents Burnout

Burnout saps your energy, reduces productivity, and leaves you feeling increasingly cynical, helpless, hopeless, and resentful. Then it will spill over into your everyday life, including your work, family, and social life.

In the long run, burnout can also cause long term effects in your body, making you more vulnerable to illnesses like flu and colds. Due to the consequences that this brings, it is crucial to deal with it before its too late.

One of the most natural and most important steps that we can take to prevent burnout is sleeping. In most cases, however, sleep is often overlooked when we are busy with our jobs, school, or house chores. We start sleeping less as we try to do more with our day.

However, if we want to prevent burnout and be more efficient with how we use time, it is best to consider putting things away when its time to sleep. You have to give your body the chance to rejuvenate for the next day. And the best way to do that is through sleeping.