Sleep and Productivity
Sleep and productivity are intimately intertwined. Getting only a few hours of sleep at night can drastically lower your energy levels and concentration the following day and even into the week, causing poor task performance and output.
There is such a thing as sleep debt, where your body needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night and however much time is lost, a night must be slept off in the future. That’s why someone who pulls an all nighter may sleep for a lot longer than usual the next night and the night after.
If this happens on an ongoing basis, it’s known as chronic sleep loss or sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is scientifically proven to increase a person’s risk of developing cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Many professionals with hectic work schedules experience chronic sleep loss, going to work with no sleep on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the standardized workday does not take into account individual chronotypes and circadian rhythms. For that reason, many night owls and those most active in the late evening and early hours of the morning tend to suffer the most.