We all know that if we do not get enough sleep on a work night that we will pay for it the next day.  Ask yourself this question; is it fair for an employer to pay for an employee who is suppose to give 100% that only gives 50% because they are sleep deprived?  I think I know what an employer would say.

Now there are many reasons that people do not get enough sleep so that they feel refreshed for the work day, some are personally chosen, but others are not and that is what I want to address today.  If you personally choose to stay up late and rob yourself of sleep and then do a poor job at work the next day, then shame on you for stealing your employers money and you should really think about what is ethically correct if this is regular habit.

On the other hand there are millions of people that would love to get a good nights sleep but for one reason or another they cannot.  I understand this because from time-to-time I suffer from insomnia.  For some reason I can fall asleep, but then wake up at 2 a.m. and cannot fall back to sleep.  I begin thinking about all kinds of things that I have no control over fixing.  It is a miserable state to be in as I am constantly thinking that I need to go back to sleep so I can go to work in a few hours and do my job.  Many times I just stay awake, which makes for a long tough day or even worse I fall asleep 15 minutes before my alarm goes off and when it does I am very grumpy and have a hard time shaking it off, knowing that I cannot go to work with this attitude, but my brain is pretty much fried from lack of sleep.

I know that I am not alone when it comes to having times of difficulty sleeping.  I wonder why it happens and what can be done to help?  Long term sleep disorders can take a physical toll on our body and cause such things like, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and more.  If we allow sleep deprivation to continue to the point that it really affects our work performance we can be a jeopardy of losing our job, our employers expect the best from us and they deserve it, that is what we are being paid to do.

There are things that we can do to help with this problem and allow us to get the rest our body needs in order to have peak performance.  The article below discusses this problem in depth and has tips on what you can do to try to get a better nights sleep like; establishing a regular bed time, avoiding caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime and learning to leaving stress at the office and not bringing it home (this one is a hard one for me).  If you have problems with sleeping even if it is not on a regular basis, I think this article has some good information that you may be able to use.

Sweet dreams!…..

Sleep deprivation affects work performance