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In today’s culture of super-CEO’s, sleep-deprived staffers, and slumber-less all-nighters, the temptation to place ambition above sleep is rampant. However, evidence shows very clearly that lack of sleep tops the list of productivity-zappers. In fact, in a study from Harvard Research Center, lack of sleep was shown to lead to 11.3 days of lost work productivity. With statistics like that, it’s not a stretch to say sleep is important not only for health but for your bottom line. Whether you’re a student, shift-worker or an office 9-5’er, sleep plays a huge role in getting the most out of your workday. But specifically, how does a lack of sleep affect our productivity? Here are just a few ways: 

Distractibility increases 

Studies show that cognitive performance is significantly affected by lack of sleep. When it comes to your workday, keeping a singular focus on a task becomes incredibly more difficult; meaning working on projects can take a lot more time than otherwise necessary. Ultimately, sleep is key to making sure you can complete your tasks, meet deadlines, and keep costs down. 

You’ll struggle to grasp new concepts 

If you’re a student in class, a nurse being briefed on a patient, or an executive in a seminar, your ability to learn new concepts is decreased with lack of sleep. This conclusion can be traced back to studies which showed that standardized test scores decreased by up to 2 percentile points, based on how early tests were given. Simply put, go to bed earlier or wake up a little later to get optimal performance from your brain. 

Safety is compromised 

Medical errors, vehicle crashes, and machinery accidents are all increased at an alarming rate by lack of sleep. In fact, these types of accidents are estimated to cost billions of dollars every year and are often caused by drowsy, or sleep-deprived workers. Additionally, the effects of sleep deprivation have been compared to drunk-driving as driving after 28 hours of sleep deprivation is equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol level of .1%. In other words, sleep isn’t just important for personal health, it affects the health and safety of anyone on the road. 

Job burnout becomes more likely 

Not only a predictor of poor performance, lack of sleep actually contributes significantly to burnout rates. Specifically, it affects your ability to recover from stress, which is particularly important in any kind of clinical setting. 

At Sleep Centers of Alaska, we recognize how important quality sleep is to have a strong, resilient and safe workforce. That’s why we’re committed to working with Alaskans to get healthy, sound sleep. If you’re struggling to get the sleep you need, contact us today to learn how we can help!