In previous blogs, I have mocked how certain types of training or PowerPoint shows will put audiences to sleep. Your organization’s training hours are not the hours you want your employees to spend in dreamland. However, it seems that sleep is being identified as just as important in impacting the bottom line of business as any other resource.
In this article, researchers go into not only the health benefits associated with a good night’s sleep, but the business benefits as well.
“Insufficient sleep is linked to lower productivity at work, which results in working days being lost each year.” What a simple thing that so many people and organizations forget about every year. In today’s business environment, there is a mentality where only the strong survive, and “strong” means always working, pushing yourself to the grind, never slowing down for anything. But what if they did slow down, just a bit, and got the rest their body physically needs?
The results would be quite astonishing. According to the article, "If Americans who sleep less than six hours a night increase their nightly sleep to between six and seven hours a night, this could on average add up to $226.4 billion to the U.S. economy." Isn’t that amazing? Just one extra hour of sleep. That’s it! All you need is for your team to get one extra hour of sleep and they will be more energetic and well rested, and that means more productive.
Do you remember naps when you were a little kid? I do. I miss them. I know there have been months at a time where I will just feel drained and exhausted, even with getting sleep each night. Per the article referenced, “Studies have shown that a nap in the morning can boost creative thinking and afternoon naps can help people feel better physically. Google, Zappos, Huffington Post and Ben & Jerry’s have all built nap rooms in their offices.”
Maybe you think a nap room might make your business look a little less than professional. But it’s hard to think that anything Google does isn’t worth it. And I understand that it’s extremely unlikely your CEO will make “hours of sleep” a top business priority in your organization. But, perhaps you’re understaffed, overwhelmed, and trying to meet deadlines around all the other craziness going on.
To protect your sanity and physical health, I urge you to just try and sleep one extra hour. I know you have a lot to get done. Trust me, it will still be there when you get up, but you’ll be able to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the problem head on. Maybe you’ll wake up and know exactly what you must do, because you were finally able to breathe for a moment and let your mind wander.
I’ve written many blogs about the power and results of business acumen training in organizations, and still firmly believe it is the most important priority to have. But it’s time we realize that there are other things we can do, both organizationally and individually, that will add to the impact and success of our organizations. Things we take for granted, like a good night’s sleep.
If you need me, I’ll be taking a quick snooze, but call Paradigm Learning if you want to learn more about effective business solutions and what else you can do to impact your organization!