Sleep is a condition of body and mind, wherein the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended. This condition recurs for several hours. It is important to get the recommended 7-8 hours’ sleep a night, so that we can be productive at work, but most people sleep less than they really need and it intermittently affects their work performance.
The average worker in Lagos is mentally fatigued because of the high demands placed on them at work, distance between work and home, and Lagos traffic. All these take turns in affecting our sleep pattern.
Insufficient Sleep and Its Effect on Your Work Performance
- Insufficient sleep can impair your mental ability by affecting your capacity to process information, comprehend and problem solve.
- It can cripple your creative mind
- It increases your stress level and emotional reactivity
- Sleep deficiency is associated with headache, and it is hard to stay productive if you have a headache.
- Insufficient sleep makes you forgetful and unfocused and this makes you unproductive at work.
- Lack of sleep can make you moody, easily irritated and quick to anger.
- It may lead to impaired brain activity because without sleep, your brain will not be able to rest which would invariably affect your performance.
- Lack of sleep may affect your capacity to remember things.
- It affects your ability to concentrate and makes your creating and problem solving skills deteriorate
- It reduces your body and intellectual functionality.
Other Effects of Insufficient Sleep
- Sleep deprivation can cause damage to your body in the short term and can eventually lead to chronic health problems.
- Lack of sleep affects the amount of insulin that is released after each meal. Thereby increasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain because you will have an increased appetite. The hunger hormone called ‘Ghrelin’ would be highly produced while the hormones that tell you that you are full ‘Leptin’would be rarely produced.
- It may lead to heart related problems like hypertension and heart diseases.
- Lack of sleep weakens your defense against viruses like cold and influenza
- Can lead to irritability and stress .
- It may lead to anxiety and depression.
- It may lead to a person having short periods of sudden sleep 'Micro Sleep' which can be very dangerous when handling heavy machinery.
It is important to have the required amount of sleep because too little or too much sleep negatively affects our mind and body.