Lack of sleep during the work week
Many people struggle with lack of sleep but they don’t realize how it affects their work and career. The workweek can be hectic, and it is not uncommon for people to doze off from mild exhaustion. Can you relate?
Perhaps you get adequate hours of sleep, but the quality of rest is not right. This leaves you with less energy for the busy schedule of the next day to come. The sleep deficit gets worse and worse. Month after month, year after year.
There are health consequences linked to a lack of healthy sleep. For example, individuals with chronic lack of restorative sleep are at a greater risk for many types of cancer, mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, and heart issues like strokes and high blood pressure. Poor sleep can also make it hard for men and women to maintain a healthy weight. We discuss these in other blog posts. In today’s article, we want you to consider how poor sleep can influence a person’s work and career.
Healthy or unhealthy sleep impacts your career
A July 2020 article in the Harvard Business Review points out how poor quality sleep and daytime sleepiness affect a person’s job performance. Their findings indicate that daytime sleepiness “decreases productivity, career progression, and job satisfaction. There are clearly long-term consequences of lacking a healthy sleep routine, including a high career cost.”
Could sleep apnea be the cause of your daytime sleepiness?
Sleep abnormalities can be treated. One of these conditions is sleep apnea. It’s important to find out if you could be suffering from sleep apnea. If it is the case, you can get treated and begin to heal the ways it affects your career and health.
What is sleep apnea anyway?
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious, chronic disorder where your breathing periodically stops and starts while you sleep. If you wake up accompanied by choking, gasping, or coughing, you may suffer from sleep apnea.
There are three types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea describes a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to control breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This form is present when a patient has both of the other two types. A person with sleep apnea may experience tiredness in the day, poor sleep quality, headaches, and specific periods of sleep without breathing.
If you suspect your daytime sleepiness is a result of snoring or sleep apnea, call us today to set up a consultation.
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