Workplace Wellness Insights: The Importance of Sleep
As employees struggle to balance work, family and social obligations, one thing that is often neglected is sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get seven to eight hours of sleep on average; however, most Americans fail to meet this recommendation.
According to a study from Virgin Pulse, 76 percent of employees reported feeling tired most days of the week. This lack of focus can lead to more mistakes, procrastination and a negative work environment.
Benefits of Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep takes up about one-third of your life, and for good reasons. Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy, productive and low-stress lifestyle. Here are just a few benefits of getting a good night’s sleep:
Increased productivity and work performance—Giving your body enough time to go through all the sleep stages is necessary for energy, muscle repair, improved memory, and the release or regulation of important hormones that are essential for everyday functions within the body.
Decreased weight gain—According to the National Sleep Foundation, not allowing your body enough time for rest and regulation can lead to an increased appetite. The particular hormones that give you the feeling of being full or hungry can become irregular, which may cause increased feelings of hunger that lead to weight gain.
Improved mental health—Getting enough sleep can help alleviate feelings of fatigue that may contribute to stress, depression and anxiety. Symptoms of fatigue can be drowsiness, loss of energy and even mood swings.
If you’re not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, it’s never too late to start focusing on improving your sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up around the same time each day, including on weekends. Make sure your bedroom is a comfortable temperature and is quiet. Find a relaxing pre-sleep activity, such as listening to soft music or reading.
Our monthly wellness newsletter also provides healthy recipes, seasonal tips and other valuable resources.
In November 2020, other topics include:
- Tips for Distinguishing Between COVID-19 and the Flu
- Information on Diabetes for American Diabetes Month
- Fall Veggie Casserole Recipe
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