Sleep. We love to do it, but it often escapes us. Lack of Sleep can absolutely affect your job performance. Average Americans lose an hour and a half of sleep during work days compared to non-work days. Sleep-deprived employees can easily lose focus, slow their reaction times, and suffer emotionally.  There are many reasons (stress, overwhelmed, project due) why we can’t sleep, but what can we do about it? It’s time to make sleep a priority and become a better employee. Here are a few ways to improve your sleep:

  1. Keep Work At Work. Many people are guilty of bringing work home. It’s hard not to, especially when you are extra busy. But getting sleep will help you stay more focused and productive. That is most important and will help you get all that work done faster and more efficiently.
  2. Prioritize Sleep. Just like keeping work at work, there are other ways to prioritize sleep. Going to bed at a reasonable time can help you to achieve longer and better sleep. It isn’t an easy thing to do. We like to play on our phones or watch TV, and before you know it, it’s midnight. Set the alarm, make a bedtime, and stick to it.
  3. See How Your Boss Can Help. Keeping your boss aware of your lack of sleep is always a good idea. They want to get the best out of you. They might have suggestions or offer alternatives to help you with your problem, so make sure to keep them updated.
  4. Better Your Sleep Environment. Set yourself up for success! Set your room temperature, listen to white noise, stretch, and turn off all devices. Make sure to get a good pillow and work on clearing your mind.
  5. See Your Doctor. If things become worse, talk to your doctor. They may be able to provide you with a sleeping aid or share other advice.

Quality sleep is a gift that must be treasured and taken care of in order to be a successful employee. It is not something that comes to adults easily, but you can become a sleep guru in no time with a little work.