To be a top contributing member of your workplace you must start by taking care of yourself in your private life, and that includes loving and being loved by your family and friends, having a hobby and most importantly, getting a good night of sleep, every night!
This is easier said than done for most people during the summer months. Tossing and turning during hot nights is one of the largest contributing factors to a poor night’s sleep. The best way to combat this problem is to spend in a good quality mattress.
This will drop the temperature several degrees in your bed and will allow you to sleep soundly during the hot summer nights. The improved sleep will have a remarkable impact on your professional life.
To understand how sleep affects your performance at work you must first understand how sleep deprivation decreases your performance, how a good night of sleep will improve your output and various techniques to improve your quality of sleep.
When you work in finance you are staring at important figures every day and a misplaced comma or zero can drastically change the outcome of your work.
Sleep deprivation severely impacts your production by reducing your cognitive abilities and hindering your attention span.
In addition to reduced cognitive processing, sleep deprivation also reduces your ability to fight off disease and it costs your business money.
The average employee that suffers from sleep deprivation loses just over 11 days of productivity throughout the year.
This loss of productivity is associated with a reduced capacity to process transactions, and sick days needed for your body to recover.
Any person who handles finances will tell you that they can’t afford to lose 11 days of work each year due to a preventable problem.
A healthy night of sleep is paramount to the success of any employee. Sleep helps your brain repair neural pathways that control short-term memory and your ability to process information.
In the financial world, you must be able to quickly recall important meetings and figures to perform at the highest level. Each day is its own stressful endeavor of high-pressure situations that can create burnout for the average person.
Sleep is one of the best ways to let your mind recover from a constant bombardment of stressful transactions. Perhaps the most important aspect of being a successful employee is maintaining positive relationships with co-workers and prospective clients.
A solid night of sleep will help your personality flourish and your work relationships will thrive.
There are countless old wives’ tales about getting a better night’s sleep but the answer is more obvious than it seems. Most finance related jobs require you to sit behind a computer for long periods of the day.
Regular exercise before or after work will keep your body healthy, your mind sharp, and will allow you to sleep deeply throughout the night.
You must also control the temperature in your room. This includes keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Lastly, it’s easy to go home after a long day and indulge in libations to relax. Studies have shown that indeed alcohol will help you get to deep sleep more quickly, but after a few hours, your sleep becomes restless which leaves you feeling groggy in the morning.