Haven’t we all pulled all-niters studying for a big test or worked through the night to finish a big project? But a new study reveals that losing just 16 minutes of sleep can negatively affect your productivity. Now this doesn’t just affect the up-and-coming young executive, or stressed out student, but also those sleep deprived moms and dads of young children!
We know adequate, restful sleep is critical to overall health, but these researchers found that when participants slept just 16 fewer minutes than usual and reported unsatisfactory sleep quality, they were more distracted and couldn’t think as clearly. People who sleep well perform better at work due to greater ability to stay focused and on task with fewer errors and fewer interpersonal conflicts, since the research also shows people are more likely to be hostile when sleep deprived.
It is a factor in your ability to lose weight as well as I explain more fully in Today is Still the Day.
Paying attention to not only how long you sleep but also improving the quality of your sleep can pay huge dividends in your professional and personal life as well as in your health. It just proves my point that baby steps are powerful. It doesn’t take a huge change or step to make a difference. In this case just 16 minutes of lost sleep can be very impactful, especially over time.
Do you usually sleep well or is this an area where you could make some improvements?
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