In a time where normalcy and routine have been replaced with sheer survival mode, people are becoming increasingly mindful of maintaining the same levels of productivity in their new ways of working and living. With many now working from home, while also taking care of young children or elderly family members, it can sometimes be difficult to stay focused and perform at one hundred percent. While people are striving for productivity, it is important to be aware of the role that health – specifically sleep health – plays.
Productivity is often associated with doing more, and putting the job at the forefront. Consequently, this leads to less time dedicated to sleep. Prioritizing work over sleep is frequently praised and viewed as a badge of honor. However, in reality, when sleep is deprioritized, productivity and performance can suffer.
The association between sleep and productivity comes as no surprise, as many people are feeling the effects of poor sleep. In fact, according to Philips annual global sleep survey, 61% of adults around the world believe that their memory is worse when they have not slept well, while 75% admit they are less productive after a poor night’s sleep. This insight makes sense, given the important role sleep – and, more specifically, slow wave sleep – has been proven to play in the optimization of memory consolidation and improved performance.
In order to address sleep issues and improve performance, it is important to understand the value of sleep as well as healthy sleep behavior.