You may be willing to sacrifice your job for the right reason. But would that reason be getting enough sleep?
There are numerous studies on how sleep deprivation impacts work performance. In a 2008 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 29% of working adult Americans surveyed said they fell asleep, or became very sleepy while working over a month's time.
So if you're tired at work, are you really putting your best foot forward?
Sleep deprivation can hurt your productivity at work.
According to sleephealth.org, it's estimated that sleep-related problems affect between 50 and 70 million Americans of all ages and socioeconomic classes. The odds of adults being sleep deprived (defined as getting less than six hours of sleep per night) has significantly increased over the last three decades.
Something that could be contributing to that increase is the balance between work and home becoming skewed. Sleep is something a lot of people are willing to sacrifice in order to get more done at work.
However, a new survey revealed that not everyone is willing to sacrifice sleep for work.
What would you give up for more sleep?
Best Mattress Brand recently surveyed around 1,000 people in the United States with poor sleep quality and asked what they would give up for a year in order to get eight hours of sleep or more. Some said they'd give up food delivery, while others said they'd give up pizza or chocolate. And some even said they'd make a BIG decision regarding their career in order to get a good night's sleep.
According to the survey, nearly 1 in 5 poor sleepers would quit their current job for a year of perfect sleep.
Yup, you read that right. Specifically, more than 26% of employed respondents said they'd call it quits at work for a year of perfect sleep. Not unlimited perfect sleep -- just a year's worth. That's how significant of an impact sleep deprivation can have on someone in the workforce.
Taking a pay cut for sleep?!
The survey also revealed that nearly 1 in 4 employed respondents were willing to take, on average, a 20% pay cut in exchange for perfect sleep. More Baby Boomers were willing to take the pay cut, followed by Generation X, and then Millennials. The older the generation, the more they seem to prioritize work-life balance over salaries.
Faking a sickness...just to sleep more.
Another key finding in this survey: 40% of employed respondents admitted to calling in sick just to get some extra sleep. Think about that. These people are willing to lie to their employer and miss out on an entire day of work just to get a couple more hours of sleep. If that becomes a habit, it could cause some issues for your career.
Not everyone would choose sleep over money.
Not everyone is willing to sacrifice their careers for better sleep. According to the survey, 57% of respondents were not willing to give up raises and promotions for better sleep. That means they are sleep deprived, but do not want their career to take a hit because of it.
The full study can be found here.
So, what can we take away from all this?
Getting enough sleep is crucial for your physical, emotional, and mental health. When you're feeling good, it will show through your productivity in the workplace. Some people will prioritize their sleep over work, but it seems as though a majority of people will prioritize their work over sleep.
In the end, it's all about balance, and making sure you're doing what's best for you. If you're feeling burn out, take your sleep patterns into consideration. If adjustments need to be made, do so. It's important to have a healthy work-life balance, for both you and your employer.
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