Why sleep is practically a job requirement
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults up to age 64 should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily and adults 65 and older should strive for 7 to 8 hours. However, if you don’t get this amount of shut-eye on a regular basis, both short and long-term problems could be in your future. “The research is clear and unambiguous that not only is sleep essential to every part of our physical health, mental health, and overall well-being, but that we’re also much better at our jobs when we sleep enough,” says Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and the author of several books including The Sleep Revolution. Read on for some signs that sleep deprivation may be putting your career in jeopardy.
All-nighters aren’t boosting your performance
If you’re burning the midnight oil at work but not noticing much in the way of improved performance, lack of sleep could be why. Pulling all-nighters in an effort to boost productivity will only backfire, because you’ll be more tired at work. “Right now, much of the world is operating under the collective delusion that overwork and sleep deprivation are simply the necessary price we have to pay for success,” Huffington says. “This has resulted in a global epidemic of burnout and stress.” Not only that, but your performance plummets. According to Pete Bils, vice president of sleep science and research for Sleep Number, “After 17 hours awake, you start to see all sorts of deterioration to performance—both cognitive and physical. Recovery from that can take days,” he says. In fact, experts say that our sleep crisis is making us sick, fat, and stupid.