• Shagun Agarwal

How Much Does Your Sleep Quality Impact Your Productivity and Attentiveness

Updated: Oct 6, 2019


The importance of a proper sleep has always held a prime position in everybody’s life. However, sleep disorders and lack of sleep has become more prevalent than ever before. The number of hours being put to deep sleep has seen a declining trend over the years. At some point in time, each one of you would have experienced what lack of sleep can do to your mind and body. Situations such as catching a late night flight, handling the unexpected workload, stress and so on put you at the risk of sleep deprivation.

Of the several effects of lack of sleep is a deprivation of mental alertness or a feeling of getting distracted time and again. Sleep deprivation impairs memory and cognitive functioning including the potential to process information.

Sleep deprivation affects work quality and performance to a great extent. Employees find hard to concentrate and learn on their job without sufficient sleep. They start fighting against their lethargy and lack of energy than concentrating on their tasks at hand. An employee who is sleep deprived is unable to communicate and cooperate with other team members which lead to a negative impact on the organization’s culture and work relationship between the workers. Sleep-deprived employees are unable to control their actions and reactions causing outbursts and moody behaviors. One employee can have a significant impact in changing the moods of the people he encounters throughout his day.

Research Studies

One research study, named Neurocognitive Consequences of Sleep Deprivation, published in the year 2009 evidenced that lack of sleep gives way to lack of attention. It says that lack of sleep makes us enter a state where the person is neither fully awake nor asleep. (Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3564638/)

One another study showed that decreasing sleep time by just 1.5 hours can reduce alertness the next day by a massive 32%.

Research study says that when 2 people out of who one is sleep deprived and the other do not lose their focus, it is the one who well slept has the ability to refocus back on the required task. This says that a tired mind is never able to refocus back.

So, the last question that arises here is that how many numbers of hours constitutes as an optimum number of hours for the perfect day, full of energy, mental alertness, and optimum productivity levels. Daniel Kripke, co-director of research at the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, California has thrown some light on this topic. During one of his research study, he found that a 6.5 to 7.5-hour sleep is the most ideal. These people are the most productive, happy and live the longest.

The above are certain scientifically proven numbers. However, these may differ as per your own lifestyle, interests and body type. Whatever a number of hours and sleep patterns works for your body and mind, just make sure that you are rested enough before you start your day. Our mental and physical batteries need to be charged before we head to work. Your lifestyle affects no only your productivity but also your peers’ and sleeping well can surely help you with living an energetic and productive life.


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