Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Anthea Healthy Living

A poor night’s sleep may not only affect your productivity at work—it can also have adverse health effects.

Although the average recommended amount of sleep is between seven and nine hours per night, the average worker gets six hours and 28 minutes of sleep, according to a recent study of 1,060 participants.

What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep?

Two of the top reported side effects of sleep loss were a lack of attention and taking longer to complete tasks. Both suggest that sleep loss may negatively affect productivity.

The effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling irritable and not working at your best, are well known, but they also include profound physical health consequences. Regular poor sleep is linked to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a shortened life expectancy.

And those are just the beginning. Watch this video to learn how dangerous chronic poor sleep can become:

Getting enough sleep is especially important during the cold winter months when a lack of sunlight can make people feel more fatigued and sluggish.

How Can You Improve Your Sleep?

The most important factor when it comes to getting quality sleep is consistency. Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Varying your bedtime by more than 30 minutes can significantly reduce the quality of your sleep – be consistent.

You can also prepare your body for sleep each night be shutting off electronics and dimming lights at least one hour before you want to sleep. Turn off your phone so that you’re not tempted to check it before bed. Less light leads to faster, deeper sleep.