The impact of lack of sleep on your employees

The impact of lack of sleep on your employees

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Lack of sleep is linked to a decrease in productivity, that’s a fact. And the consequences of this go far beyond a simple lack of concentration. The health of your employees is at stake!

Let’s look at the consequences of sleep deprivation on your employees.

Quantity or quality?

Studies tend to prove that the optimal amount of sleep varies from one individual to another. Moreover, the quality of sleep will also have an impact on subsequent fatigue.

What are the consequences?

Many employees and managers sleep badly. This results in a loss of concentration and alertness. This can have an impact on their work: they do not easily retain information and tasks to be accomplished, they have to be repeated several times. Moreover, due to this lack of sleep or its quality, the risk of accidents at work increases significantly, so it becomes necessary to find solutions to solve this problem.

We can also underline that a person who lacks restful sleep will often be prone to quicker irritations, exacerbation of emotions or act like a robot. This is due to the fact that the brain goes into automatic mode and does not see its prefrontal cortex regenerated (which has an impact on mood).

How to counteract this problem?

Although some trends result in specific resting places for naps, this is often not enough.

The first step is to make your employees aware of the importance of a good and restful sleep.

To do this, it is good to remind them of some theoretical notions about sleep: sleep is composed of successive phases (slow light/deep slow – the most recuperative, paradoxical – conducive to dreams) of about 90 minutes. The cycles are based on the biological rhythm and it is therefore between 8:00 pm and 4:00 am that the sleep phases will be the longest and the most favourable to improve the quality of rest.

Other disorders can also interfere with sleep: sleep apnea, insomnia, etc. Specific therapies and methods allow to reduce or eliminate these problems that should not be neglected.

In order to improve the overall quality of sleep, it is a good idea to prioritize: comfortable bedding adapted to your morphology (including pillows and sheets), not overheating your room (16-17° is perfect), limiting tobacco and caffeine consumption during the last hours of the day, and banning screens before going to bed.

On your side, it will be good to take into consideration that your employees will need to have enough hours outside of work to be able to rest. So avoid adding too much work at home, overtime “galore” or during their weekend/holiday.

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