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A night of good sleep heralds a positive day of productivity



Praneeta Mahajan
Hamilton, April 4, 2023

Sleep is an essential part of our lives, and it affects us in more ways than we can imagine. One of the most significant impacts that sleep has on our lives is its correlation with our performance. A good night’s sleep can make all the difference in how well we perform the next day, be it at work or in our daily lives.

Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between sleep and performance. Lack of sleep can negatively impact our ability to concentrate, process information, and make decisions. It can also affect our mood, creativity, and productivity.

Lack of sleep has been linked to a variety of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. In addition, lack of sleep can negatively impact cognitive function, decision-making abilities, and overall productivity.

Good for the mind

Dr James Maas, a leading sleep expert and author of the book “Sleep for Success!” explains that “sleep is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body for health and performance.” According to Dr Maas, getting enough sleep is crucial for productivity, and sleep deprivation can lead to decreased performance, both physically and mentally.

One study conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that athletes who slept for at least 10 hours per night for five to seven weeks showed improved speed and accuracy in their reaction times. In addition, they also reported improved mood, increased energy levels, and a decrease in daytime sleepiness.

Quality matters

According to a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research, sleep quality and quantity can have a significant impact on cognitive performance. The study found that individuals who slept for at least seven hours per night scored higher on cognitive tests than those who slept for less than seven hours per night. Additionally, individuals who reported better sleep quality also performed better on cognitive tests.

In addition to the timing of sleep, the quality of sleep is also important. Snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders can disrupt sleep and lead to decreased performance. Dr Maas notes that “many people do not realise that they have a sleep disorder, and they are not getting the quality sleep they need to perform at their best.” He advised anyone who suspects they have a sleep disorder to seek medical attention.

Overall, the correlation between sleep and performance is clear. Getting enough sleep, at the right time and of good quality, is crucial for optimal physical and mental health, as well as productivity and performance in all areas of life. Experts in the field agree that sleep is not a luxury but a necessity, and should be a top priority for everyone.

How lack of sleep impacts you

According to Dr Raman Malhotra, a sleep specialist at the Washington University School of Medicine, “Sleep is critical for our brain’s ability to process information, consolidate memories, and make connections between seemingly unrelated pieces of information.” He goes on to say that “Without enough sleep, our brain is not functioning optimally, and our performance suffers.”

Dr Malhotra’s comments are backed up by numerous studies, including one conducted by the American Psychological Association, which found that sleep-deprived individuals performed worse on tasks that required sustained attention and vigilance. The study concluded that “sleep loss impairs cognitive performance in a dose-dependent manner.”

Another study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, found that sleep-deprived individuals showed a significant decline in their ability to focus, concentrate, and make decisions. The study concluded that “chronic sleep deprivation can lead to significant deficits in cognitive performance and overall productivity.”

Sleep for Physical wellbeing

In addition to cognitive performance, sleep also affects physical performance as sleep is essential for muscle recovery and repair and without enough sleep, our muscles are not able to repair themselves, and our physical performance suffers.”

This is supported by a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, which found that sleep deprivation can lead to a decrease in athletic performance, including slower reaction times, decreased accuracy, and decreased endurance.

Ways to achieve optimum efficiency

So, what can we do to ensure that we are getting enough sleep to optimise our performance? According to Dr Malhotra, “The best way to ensure that you are getting enough sleep is to establish a consistent sleep schedule and stick to it.” He recommends going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

“Creating a sleep-friendly environment is also crucial for getting a good night’s sleep.” He recommends sleeping in a cool, dark, and quiet room, avoiding screens for at least an hour before bed, and avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and heavy meals close to bedtime.

It is also essential to pay attention to how much sleep you are getting. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. However, some people may need more or less sleep, depending on their individual needs.

In conclusion, there is a direct correlation between sleep and performance, both cognitive and physical. Lack of sleep can have a significant negative impact on our ability to concentrate, process information, make decisions, and perform physically. It is crucial to establish a consistent sleep schedule, create a sleep-friendly environment, and pay attention to how much sleep you are getting to ensure that you are getting enough sleep to optimise your performance.

As Dr Malhotra says, “Sleep is not a luxury. it is a necessity. It is essential for our health and well-being, and it is critical for our performance in all areas of our lives.” So, make sure you are getting enough sleep to be the best version of yourself.

Praneeta Mahajan is an Indian Newslink reporter based in Hamilton.

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