- Lead to decreased alertness and excessive sleepiness, which in turn impairs your cognitive abilities and your memory. This means you probably won’t remember that long “to do” list at work, or what your boss is looking for in your next assignment.
- Make you more emotional, moodier or prone to conflicts, threatening not just your personal relationships but also your professional ones. No one likes an angry co-worker!
- Reduce focus and performance. Losing just 90 minutes of sleep one night can reduce your alertness by more than 30 percent. This means it will be hard to pay attention in meetings or with clients or customers at work.
So what can we do to ensure we get more sleep? As Huffington says, “I’m a major sleep evangelist. The Huffington Post’s office in New York sports two nap rooms: at the beginning our reporters, editors and engineers were reluctant to use them, afraid that people might think they’re shirking their duties. We have to change workplace culture so that it’s walking around drained and exhausted that’s stigmatized.”