How Sleep Can Help You Be More Productive at Work

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation


Making sleep a priority may advance your career.

Getting an optimal amount of sleep doesn't just boost your mood and infuse your body with extra energy—it can also help you wow your boss and maybe even snag a promotion. Need proof? Just check out all the ways that getting enough rest can improve your on-the-job performance.

You’ll Recover From Distractions Faster. When you're sleep-deprived, you'll have more trouble refocusing on the task at hand after a disruption, compared with someone who is well rested. Feeling refreshed will come in especially handy if you have a "Chatty Cathy" cubicle mate or kids who have ‘urgent’ requests to turn on the Backyardigans as soon as you enter your home office.

You’ll Help Prevent Burnout. Sleeping less than six hours each night is one of the best predictors of on-the-job burnout. Sleep deprivation costs American companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity. Get into the habit of snoozing more now to raise the odds of having a long career and enjoying your job.

You’ll Make Better Decisions. Sleep improves your ability to make more accurate split-second decisions by about four percent. Hey, it may not sound like much, but every little bit helps!

Your Memory Will Improve. Getting enough rest is key for cementing what you’ve learned during the day. If you're sleep-deprived, you have a higher chance of having a poorer working memory, compared with those who are getting an ideal amount of zzz's.

You’ll Make Fewer Mistakes. Even if you're moderately sleep-deprived, you'll have a 50 percent slower response time and a lower accuracy rate on simple tasks than someone who is under the influence of alcohol.

If you’re feeling drowsy during the day and don’t want it to compromise your work performance, one solution is to try taking a catnap for 10 to 20 minutes. Sleeping on the job may not be such a bad thing after all!