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Zzzz… Why Sleep is so Important for Your Business

Just one bad night’s sleep can leave you feeling groggy and irritable, but when this happens night after night it can affect everything from your memory to your ability to make a decision. Here we look at how getting a good night’s sleep affects your working day.

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Mood


For anyone who’s ever had a bad night’s sleep, you’ll know how awful you can feel the next day. If you suffer from sleep issues, it can make you feel irritable, stressed and in more severe cases, anxious and depressed. This makes it very hard to concentrate and function at work, so making sure you get around seven to nine hours of sleep a night will improve your overall mental health and wellbeing.


Decision-making


When you don’t get enough sleep, your body and mind struggle to function properly which can affect your ability to make good decisions. You can struggle to concentrate, assess risks and feeling tired can affect your reaction times too.


This means you can get easily distracted when you’re at work and are more likely to make a mistake. Getting lots of good sleep can help you stay more focussed and alert at home and at work.


Creativity


If your brain is tired, how can you come up with fresh, exciting ideas at work? A good night’s sleep is thought to improve creative thinking. This means getting good quality sleep, which isn’t the same as getting seven to nine hours of broken sleep.


Make sure to develop good sleep habits before bedtime to help you feel calm before going to sleep, this could be a phone ban half an hour before bed, reading a book or having a bath.


Health


If you’re not sleeping properly for a long period of time it can have very worrying effects on your health. You can have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It can also affect your immune system so that you don’t fight off bugs as easily, which means you may have to take more time off work.


A lack of sleep can affect your weight as you're more likely to overeat the next day and choose the wrong foods. You may also have less energy to exercise. By getting plenty of rest, you can improve your overall health so you’re full of energy and fighting fit for work.


Memory


Without adequate sleep, your brain has a harder time absorbing and recalling new information. This means you may forget to turn up to a meeting or send an important email which could cause difficulty at work.


Getting a good night’s sleep improves memory retention and recall, and ensures you are more focussed and alert the next day.


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