sleepWe all know we need a good night’s sleep to be effective during the day. But often, sleep is the first thing to suffer when something else demands our attention. It could be staying out late with friends, tending to a sick child, or getting caught up in a good book. Sometimes the motivation to stay up late into the night is more alluring than getting a good night’s sleep. But we often forget how important sleep is to productivity.

  1. Everyone needs a different amount of sleep. But 6.5 to 7.5 is the average.

  1. The issue with sleep deprivation is an inability to focus. The brain has difficulty focusing, or refocusing, if it has not had enough sleep according to a study from the Journal of Nueroscience.

  1. According to Cliff Saper, a professor at Harvard, sleep deprived brains suffer more “power outages” than brains that have had adequate sleep.

  1. When you are tired, the parts of your brain responsible for understanding the world and the data around us start to slow down.

  1. A recent Harvard study estimated that sleep deprivation costs American companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity.

  1. Losing one night’s sleep results in the cognitive capacity of being over the alcohol limit.

  1. To get the best sleep, you need to be tired mentally AND physically.

  1. Stanford researcher Cheri D. Mah found that when she got male basketball players to sleep 10 hours a night, their performances in practice dramatically improved. Free-throw and three-point shooting each increased by an average of 9 percent.

  1. According to Jim Horne, Professor of Psychophysiology and Director of the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Loughborough, women need about 20 minutes more sleep than men. The reason? Women’s brains are more complex.

  1. Working more and sleeping less doesn’t increase your output. It makes you less effective.

So get your sleep and see your productivity rise.

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