Sleep Deprivation and How It Can Affect Your Job Performance

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A Word’s Worth Welcomes Guest Blogger Kelly N., Sleep Enthusiast

With 63% of Americans reporting that their sleep needs are not being met during the week, it should be no surprise that sleep deprivation is a major problem in the workforce. Sleep deprivation is an issue that exists across all economic statuses, industries, and levels. Although it is frequently the cause of decreased productivity, accidents, incidents and mistakes, costing companies billions of dollars each year, sleep deprivation is often  overlooked.


Here’s why: Sleep deprivation is more of an issue in the workplace than you may realize. It’s not just a matter of employees nodding off during meetings or yawning in the middle of conversations. Unfortunately, employers are too often unaware of the impact a lack of sleep has on employee productivity and accidents on the work floor.


Here are 2 ways your job performance can be affected when you don’t catch enough ZZZs.


  1. Decreased Communication

When employees are tired, they become poor communicators. Studies have revealed that sleep deprived individuals:

  • drop the intensity of their voices
  • pause for long intervals without apparent reason
  • enunciate poorly or mumble instruction inaudibly
  • mispronounce, slur, or run words together
  • repeat themselves or lose their place in a sentence


  1. Performance Deline

The recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours per night. However, a survey revealed that employees surveyed averaged only 6 hours and 28 minutes of sleep each night. While an extra 30 minutes of sleep might not seem like much, there were noticeable effects due to this sleep deficit.


Not only did many of the survey respondents report poorer workplace performance due to being tired, but over half also admitted to taking longer time to complete tasks, struggled to stay focused during meetings, and found it difficult to come up with new ideas.


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Read more from Kelly N., Sleep Enthusiast, in next month’s blog.

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