Why good leaders need a good night's sleep

Why good leaders need a good night’s sleep

In our workaholic culture, sleep is scarce. Leaders may especially feel tied to a rat-race routine of working more and sleeping less. 

Work schedules and stress may impair sleep, but the reverse is also true. We all know how sleep deprivation impacts our capacity to focus at work. Lack of sleep might make you drowsy, less creative, and less able to focus.

Sacrificing sleep for work, then working overtime to make up for lost productivity, isn’t a great idea as we’ll see.

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Stress may impair concentration, attention and alertness. Trying to remain awake when tired drains mental energy, making lengthy or attention-demanding activities harder. Short (0.5-15 second) periods of inactivity induce attention lapses.

Weak response times increase the risk of mistakes and omissions. Stressed-out employees respond slower and make more mistakes. Missed calls or bad conversation replies may ensue. 

Working when tired can make you irritable. Mistaken emotional responses are exacerbated by stressful events. Workplace stress and wrath may affect sleep. Stress, anxiety and depression are all linked to chronic sleep deprivation.

Benefits of leaders having a good sleep

  1. Clarity of Mind

Sleep and critical thinking go hand in hand. Shorter attention span and slower reflexes occur when you don’t receive enough good quality sleep. You don’t react properly to environmental signals, which might lead to misunderstandings, misinterpretations or even missed chances.

  1. Creativity

Sleep is required for creative thinking and problem-solving. Sleep may activate memories, generate strong connections between brain cells, and transmit information.

Dreams encourage creativity during the REM period of sleep. This occurs when the brain progressively releases delta waves. These waves promote the repair and regeneration of brain cells, promoting creativity.

Dreaming helps you connect with your creativity. So, if you need a creative idea, sleep is the place to discover it.

  1. Foster good relationships

Relationships might deteriorate when you don’t get enough sleep. Sleeping well and having a good mood go hand in hand. Lack of sleep may exacerbate anger and irritability. You’re more prone to snap at relatives or coworkers, causing friction. It might make you fatigued and uninspired.

Sleep well to lead well. Using the advantages of healthy sleep, you can promote a positive, friendly, and kind workplace culture that contributes to overall development.

  1. Recharge physical performance

You need excellent sleep to operate well. Your body and brain heal muscles and cells as you sleep. You’ll feel refuelled, energised, and inspired after a restful night’s sleep.

  1. General health improvement

Working late evenings, early mornings and weekends may contribute to weariness and sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is a gradual process, like burnout. Constant fatigue, loss of attention, weakened immune system and mood changes.

Leaders know deep down that to create a legacy, they must prioritise your health. One simple option is to spend more time sleeping well. 

About Sam P

EnterpriseZone Staff Writer

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