Sleep and recovery and effects it has on the job
If someone would ask you how often you dream about your job and working place, what would you answer?
A study from the Union shows that their members have a hard time releasing their jobs in their spare time. Every fourth person who participated in the study also sleeps worse because of it. The time we
sleep will help us recover from the day that has been but kept us awake due to job-related thoughts, the recovery will take place slowly and we wake up without being completely rested. It is not dangerous to get too little sleep sometimes, but if it happens more regularly and we have difficulty working in everyday life as a result, it may be good to take help and talk to our manager. Especially if we often dream of the job.
Stress is a common cause of sleep problems when the nervous system adjusts to alertness. This means that we do not have as easy to unwind and fall asleep. The cause of stress can be many and common factors can be high demands from the work and one itself. The fact that you do not feel that you have time with your daily tasks or have financial problems can be other factors. Stress can also come from how we experience situations and how we handle negative thoughts and feelings.
To cope with stress and too little sleep, many people choose to absorb caffeine in one way or another. Coffee, caffeine tablets and energy drinks are common alternatives, and since the caffeine is buoyant, it easily disturbs, and it may take longer for sleep to come. Caffeine affects people differently and not everyone is affected as much and can fall asleep without major problems. But a combination of stress and some sleep and where you counteract fatigue with caffeine at work makes it difficult to unwind. Which in turn makes you sleep too little. A vicious circle simply.
A study in the Journal of Applied Psychology shows that it is not only a high workload that creates stress and poor sleep. People who participated in the study during a ten-day period should report when they in some way behaved badly at work. For example, they might have reacted with anger, blaming or gossiping about a colleague. They also had to explain how they felt after the working day was over and how they slept that night. From the study one could conclude that those who behaved so badly at work that they pondered over it in the evening had problems to unwind and fall asleep. The consequence was that they became less engaged and were not as productive at work.
By creating a work environment where employees feel comfortable and where there is a healthy working climate, you will come a long way. Regular calls and feedback sessions allow employees to ventilate their job problems and get help managing their stress and workload. Honest feedback, colleagues in between, can also reduce irritation and gossip. If you are more than 50 people in a company, there should be a rest room.
A powernap in the middle of the day can have positive effects for the rest of the day’s work.
An employee who gets enough sleep will perform better during the working day. It both wins the employer and the employee.