Archive for July 2008

It’s true, no matter how many hours of sleep you didn’t get, chances are you still have to go to work the next day and do your job successfully enough to keep your boss, clients and colleagues happy. And, the more sleep debt you rack up, from what started as just a one night-er has now turned into what seems like a chronic sleep condition, like musical chairs, only in your head- and the harder it is to function normally during the day.

 Poor sleep affects work performance, there’s no question: The indirect costs of insomnia, including time lost from work and losses in productivity, are estimated to nearly $29 billion a year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You will not only affect you own production, but what about the others you work with or around?  If your irritable, your snap-ish attitude could push people away, cause a rise in awareness to the people around you to notice your now ‘unusal’ behavior, and you could find yourself sitting in the hot seat.

Somehow you’ve got to work around your sleep problem until it’s gone, which could be soon, eventually, or never… Try these tips for staying awake during the day while searching for a better sleep at night:

Drink lots of water!
Not only will it quench your thirst, and it’s healthy, but it’ll keep you active. Yes, running back and forth to the bathroom. I know it may sound a little funny, and you may get some funny looks always heading to the bathroom, but spread the word! It’s healthier than drinking coffee, drinking those high sugared caffinated energy drinks, and your cleansing your system too! When you tell others, it won’t seem like such a funny idea, and you might be seeing more of your colleagues.

 Seek out the sun
If you have irregular sleep patterns, direct sun exposure in the mornig can hel p reset your internal clock. It can also give you a boost when you’re fading during the day. A study found that light affects areas of the brain also involved in attention, arousal, and emotion regulation during the day, so a little sunlight will curb that after lunch, afternoon drowsiness.

 Get up & move!
Find the nearest stairwell at work and use it! Yea we know that sounds like a drag, but it’s good exercise as well! It will help you get your day started. They say one of the best times to get some good cardio is in the morning, yes we know we don’t want you breaking out the sweats or anything, but if anything try to use it when navigating around your building. Get your soda from the caferteria, instead of the vending machine on your floor. Instead of riding the elevator, take the stairs, you will see a difference. Even if you have nowhere to go, walk up and dow a couple flights when you feel yourself flagging. In not time you’ll begin to notice what nice calves you have!

 Working with a schedule
When you have a good sleep regimen, it becomes easier to wake in the mornings. Getting up isn’t such a drag, and you won’t be hearing the kids yelling for you to get up. Simple things like packing lunches, picking out clothes, and making sure your to do list is all ready the night before. This will help you keep things on track, you can go to sleep peacefully and keep your mind clutter free.

 In a 2007 Wake Forest Univer. study, researchers found that workers who felt their jobs had adequate flexibilty to meet personal and family commitments also reported getting more sleep. These people may not be working late or are perhaps less stressed and sleeping better at night. Talk with your employer, let them know about some of the sleep conditions and patterns that taint your work week, talk about whether they might permit some special arrangements to better suite your needs. Showing communications with your employer, instead of showing up late, not being productive, letting them know how serious your sleeping conditions are. The recommendations may be more eligible then you know.