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The busy professional’s most underrated resource

Behind time and cash, sleep might just be the most valuable resource of the modern executive or business owner. Considering that we operate in a culture that praises long hours, and the fact that most business environments are incredibly competitive, a lack of sleep has become one of the new norms for many organization’s key decision makers. Add in the fact that technology has made the divide between work and home life blurry - and maintaining a proper life work balance next to impossible sometimes - sleep deprivation is becoming all too common.

However, this emerging trend of sleeplessness is often extremely counterproductive. Most professionals rely on their critical thinking skills, and operate in high stress conditions. Due to some of the side effects of lack of sleep, failure to get a proper amount of rest have very direct, and dangerous, negative ramifications, on both the health and productivity of those in charge of managing and spurring growth for their business.

Why a lack of sleep can hurt your performance

1. It directly damages your short and long term health – Those who make sleepless nights routine are setting themselves up for both serious health issues down the road, and immediate nagging small problems that can lead to sick days. Those who consistently fail to get 6-8 hours a night are much more likely to fall victim to strokes or cardiovascular disease, and their immune systems are also affected, which can make experiencing the common cold or flu even more likely.

2. Fatigue hurts your memory and attention span – Lack of sleep affects the brain in a number of different ways, but the effects on the parts that are in charge of memory and attention are hit the worst. Fatigue can lead to an extremely difficult time of cataloging new information, and can make it difficult to get back on task once you’ve lost focus. Combined, these two factors can make getting a fair amount of work done a futile exercise.

3. It’s extremely conducive to bad decision-making - Beyond the brain’s ability to retain information and stay focused, the parts of the brain that assess risk and analyze potential rewards are negatively affected as well. That’s a bad combination when you’re being looked on to make critical decisions that affect the long-term success of your organization. In fact, it can make attempting to make these decisions under low-sleep conditions extremely counterproductive.

4 tips to get a great night’s rest...

Now that you understand exactly why a sleep-deprived mind is bad news for your productivity, here are some tips that can get your sleep schedule back on the right track:

1. Limit your post noon caffeine intake – The stimulant properties of caffeine are one of the most common sleep deterrents of the modern professional. Luckily, caffeine metabolizes out of the body relatively quickly, however it’s recommended that you do everything you can to avoid drinks that have the substance once midafternoon hits.

2. Keep technology out of the bedroom – Televisions and laptops have become common place in many bedrooms these days, but the mental stimulation they provide can prevent the brain from “relaxing” enough to achieve a state conducive to good sleep. Not taking work into the bedroom is also one of the best ways to help ensure a proper life work balance as well.

3. Exercise in the morning – Exercise is important for many reasons, and should be something that any professional attempts to fit into their schedule. However, it does help jumpstart your metabolism, and boosts short-term energy levels. By working out in the evening, you risk making falling sleep more difficult to achieve.

4. Stay on a schedule - The body develops natural cycles of rest and awareness states (Circadian rhythms), which help determine when it will be easiest for you to fall asleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day (even on weekends) helps these rhythms promote rest when you need it most, and also assists in the prevention of morning sluggishness.

Sleep is not the only valuable resource for gaining productivity. We’ve developed a 2 minute quiz that pinpoints exactly what you need to work on in YOUR life to be your most productive. Use the link below to access this free 2 minute quiz and find out.

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