Life these days has become so fast paced that people are losing on their sleep, quite literally. The amount of work pressure a person has to deal with combined with negative habits like addiction to digital media leaves us with less time to sleep, resulting in sleep deprivation. By and by it affects all aspects of our mind and body and believe it or not, if you are constantly sleep deprived, it can have extremely harmful effects on your career. Let us take a look at how this happens.
How is sleep deprivation killing my career?
While sleep deprivation might be considered normal by a lot of people as part of daily work life, it has severe effects on our mood, health, and productivity. When we are deprived of it, we tend to become irritable. Do you know that sleep actually acts as a cleanser? Your body heals and repairs itself while you sleep. If you don’t give it enough time to repair itself, you will affect its functioning. Skipping sleep weakens your brain function. It slows your ability to process information and solve problems, mars creativity, and shoots up your stress levels and emotional reactivity.
Sleep deprivation is also linked to a variety of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It stresses you out because your body overproduces the stress hormone cortisol when it is sleep deprived. While excess cortisol has numerous negative health effects that come from the havoc it wreaks on your immune system, it also makes you look older, because cortisol breaks down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.
Sleep deprivation also affects your career because it kills cognitive thinking and also slows down our response time. The effects of lack of sleep are equivalent to that of feeling like you have a degraded IQ and EQ. If that doesn’t ring the alarm bells for you, you will be in serious trouble, my friend.
Lack of sleep also lowers our concentration levels. This has a direct impact on our functioning at work because we tend to lose focus from the task at hand and either take longer to complete it or complete it in the given time but compromise on the quality of work.
If continued for long periods of time, sleep deprivation can even lead to memory lapses or loss. Do you know that during sleep your brain forms connections that help you process and remember new information? Thus it is imperative that you get a good night’s sleep so that you can be sharp as ever at work.
In a nutshell, you may feel like you can get away with being sleep deprived in the short run. But it has detrimental long-term effects which ruin your career slowly by leaving you low on productivity and high on stress. So get enough sleep each and every day and build your pathway to long-term success! So sleep like a baby every night and shine at work.