Less worry, more sleep

15th May 2018
Neoyaone Poifo Source:The Midweek Sun

They say money makes the world go round and because of this, a lot of people would rather work odd hours so that they can make ends meet, than take off days and relax.

Sleep is a condition of body and mind, which typically recurs for several hours, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed and consciousness practically suspended. A lot of people associate sleep with laziness and lack of ambition and drive, but that is not always the case. Yes, oversleeping has its own effects, which are not quite good, but there is a difference between oversleeping and giving your body and mind the rest that they deserve to fully function well.

It is said that an adult should have about seven to eight hours of sleep and anything less than that is what is called sleep deprivation, which can be either acute or chronic. Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep.

As a leader, you should encourage employees to get as much sleep as possible. Everyday there seems to be twice as much work and half the time to complete it, and it is very tempting to want to see the work done and dusted but it would not really be wise to make employees work odd hours just so the company can meet deadlines and targets because when employees are deprived of sleep, it will negatively impact their performance at work.

Your employees will be there ‘working’ but there will be no results to show. This is not because they are not capable or anything, but their body and mind will not be in sync, so concentration is bound to lack. Sleep deprivation can impair cognitive skills. If your employees are sleep deprived, creativity and good decision-making will be close to extinct which can cause company growth to be stagnant. It is highly likely for prolonged sleep deprivation to cause health issues and when employees are constantly ill, they are less likely to be engaged at work and would most probably require sick offs.

This will cause absenteeism to skyrocket and will cause efficiency and productivity to hit rock bottom. A lot of us can attest to the fact that fatigue makes a person irritable and grumpy and when you are fatigued, everything seems to be going left. There is no way an employee can be fatigued and produce good results.

Quality sleep can help employees to focus and gives them the ability to learn and retain new information. The workplace will be filled with happy workforce and a happy and alert workforce is sure to bear good fruit. Some companies allow employees to nap after lunch, and according to research, it is said that a ‘20-minutes’ nap (power nap) can make a person effective and alert for at least two and half hours. We are no longer in the days when napping at the workplace was seen as being unproductive.

We didn’t fully understand the side effects that fatigue can have on an individual and his or her performance, both in the workplace and at home. It is now time to change that culture and not see being ‘well rested’ as ‘lazy’. Ensure that employees are not being overworked by balancing the workload you give to them, offer flexible work schedules and do not make napping at work during breaks seem like a taboo. Embrace sleep and prosper.

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