The one, two, zzz guide to increased motivation through proper sleep

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Woman smiling in a work meetingNowadays, the busier we get the more willing we are to reject daily necessities: we view lunch hours as luxuries and quickly bench sleep time for additional “training” (aka last minute presentation time). We believe that one or two strong cups of coffee – or three, will get us through the day’s challenges equally as well as, if not better than, a good night’s sleep ever could. We might even tell ourselves that sleep is overrated and an inefficient way to make use of precious wake time hours. Nonetheless, we all know that a lack of sleep will affect our energy levels and physical appearance. It’s time however to recognize that limited or interrupted 5 hours of sleep will also affect our motivation level at work – something that unfortunately could get us cut from the workplace team!

Instead of just making it through the day, imagine waking up and feeling well rested, able and willing to turn every challenge into a home run. Consider these tips for your motivation game plan:

1. Sleep can help you stay in the game

A 2014 sleep study reported that the average US employee loses approximately one full day’s worth of sleep each month. Disinterest or dozing off during meetings because of this deficit would deeply affect your performance scorecard.

  • Plan to complete your project one day ahead of the deadline whenever possible. This should enable you to rest or work only on last-minute changes the night before the project is due.
  • Consider scheduling a good night’s sleep into your own plans before any important big day at work.

2. Sleep can help you stay focused on what you love about your job

A University of Florida study indicated that a lack of sleep could impair your love for your job. In light of today’s challenges to stay engaged and present at work, staying aware of what you like about your role could mean getting through the rougher times.

  • Focus on your circle of influence before you go to bed.
  • Let go of concerns that you have no control over.
  • Consider speaking with your EAP counsellor to learn coping mechanisms – it only takes a few minutes to schedule an appointment and is certainly nothing to lose sleep over!

3. Sleep helps you bring your A-game to work

Reduced sleep will also impair your levels of attention, concentration, reaction time and decision making. Your memory will also be challenged. Learn to adapt at work on those days that you are sleep deprived.

  • Keep good minutes or notes in general, but especially as you look forward to possible reduced sleep days when you may not be in top shape to recall important information.
  • Try to put off especially challenging decisions on days when you are sleep-impaired.

Most people are interested in being at the top of their game at work, instead of being known as the goofy team mascot. Learning how to work sleep into a busy schedule is as important as learning to cope with life’s daily stressors. Motivation game plans should always include time for work, sleep, and fun. Although everyone is motivated differently, we all need sleep in order to be considered the game’s MVP!

By Talya Rotem.

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