How Sleep Affects Your Salary

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How Sleep Affects Your Salary

A common stereotype of the successful career driven individual is surviving on little sleep, filing documents late into the night and constantly making business deals via email at 2.00am!

These individuals do exist, but if you think you should follow suit, then think again.  An increasing number of studies show that those who get a good night's sleep are the most productive at work.

Why? Well they think more clearly and their ability to work more creatively is at it’s optimum. All this is attributed to sleep.

The average adult needs at least 8 hours of sleep. Those who think they can get by with less are cheating themselves. We still see those sleep cheaters attending that afternoon meeting, writing reports but usually with bags under their eyes!

Sleep doesn’t just rest your brain. It restores, repairs and cleanses the brain. These well rested people go to work with more energy, focus and concentration. Studies have shown this can often lead to them receiving positive appraisals, promotions and salary increases.

In countries where there is less daytime/sunlight hours, people sleep longer hours, and this has has a knock on effect to their performance and pay! Research suggests an extra hour of sleep increases wages by 4.9 % in the long-term.

 

So how does lack of sleep affect your salary?

Decreased levels of sleep may not get you axed, but it might be stopping you from getting that promotion. In some instances missing out on sleep has been described as essentially being legally drunk.

Modern corporate businesses push employees, demanding they work longer hours and this means less sleep time. When an individual is tired, their thinking capacity is lowered, there  are fewer creative leaps and grasping new information becomes harder. Office environments become toxic, mood swings appear and people tend to be irritable towards each other.

Actions to take today!

  1. Have a sleep routine to help you become disciplined in sleeping
  2. Avoiding caffeine and sugar-filled treats in the afternoon
  3. The bedroom should be well suited for sleep, i.e. proper ventilation, dark for sleeping & a controlled temperature.
  4. Avoid TV, working on your laptop or your phone, at least an hour before bed.
  5. Take a warm bath to relax you
  6. Exercise regularly, but not towards bedtime

 

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