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Ways to Become a Better Employee by Prioritizing Your Sleep

Although most Americans know we should get a good night’s sleep so that we can have a good day at work, almost none of us are doing it. A new study shows that only 35% of the American workforce is getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. Not only that, but an additional study suggests that employees who sleep less are more likely to fudge numbers, lie about receipts, and in general work less honestly. This is a complicated relationship, as working hours seem to go up every year, our families require time, and even streaming services are figuring out ways for us to binge more. It’s never been a less sleep-friendly climate than right now.

That’s not all: sleep is definitely bad for business. A new study by the Rand corporation showed that sleep loss accounts for up to 411 billion dollars of loss every year. That’s only in the United States. If you add in Japan (over 125 billion) and Great Britain (over 50 billion) then the world is losing over half a trillion dollars every year just because of sleep deprivation.

So what can you do when faced with a mountain of work and still need to sleep? We found a bunch of sleep experts and heard their answers to one of life’s most burning questions: Where is all the sleep and how can I get some? Here are some helpful tips that they had for creating an environment for sleep that everyone can get behind, from the boss of your company all the way down to the interns.

Create Your Sleep Sanctuary at Home

Good sleep habits start in the office. Don’t have that second cup of coffee in the afternoon if you know it will make you jumpy in the evening. Here’s another thing to try though: use your bedroom for sleeping. Yes, it’s easy to make your bedroom into a streaming haven, with all kinds of screens, be they phones, tablets, or TVs, but it’s super important that this space is designed for sleep. It’s not just an aesthetic choice: training your brain to think sleep when you enter your bedroom could be an easy way to trigger a relaxing night of sleep. Instead of a TV, make your bed super comfy, try spraying essential oils, and play some relaxing music. Sleep should be something you look forward to, so treat yourself right!

Sleep When the Sleeping is Good

All sleep is not created equal. From 10pm to 2am we secrete the optimum number of hormones for getting rest. That means that being in bed by ten is just a smart way to sleep the best, even if you aren’t getting a full eight hours, the hours you will get will have a better chance of resting you completely.

Renowned neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, says, “Timing your sleep is like timing an investment in the stock market—it doesn’t matter how much you invest, it matters when you invest.”

No Can be a Good Thing

Setting healthy boundaries on workloads is an important component of getting a good night’s sleep. If you feel like starting another project might eat into your sleep time, let your boss know. Though it may be seen as a cop out, most good managers know that a well rested employee is a better employee. If needed, cite some of the sources from this article. You’re going to be saving them money, and saving your sanity at the same time. Now get to it, and go to sleep!