There may be several reasons why you’re not getting good quality sleep including not having a bedtime routine, drinking caffeine late in the day and looking at your phone, computer or television before going to bed. But did you know that not getting enough sleep could also affect your salary?
Better rested employees are more productive and could earn a higher salary because of it.
Why sleep is important to your work performance
- Brain function
Sleep is important for your brain because it rests while you sleep and prepares for the next day. As you sleep, your brain forms new neuropathways, which helps with learning and problem-solving.
When you don’t get enough sleep, you may not be able to focus on tasks or find solutions to problems. You may also have problems getting along with friends or co-workers because lack of sleep makes you irritable.
Not getting enough sleep also makes you feel stressed out more easily and you lack the motivation to do your work.
- Physical health
When you sleep your body goes through a healing process. This includes the repair of your heart and blood vessels. People who continually don’t get enough sleep, are at more at risk for heart disease, diabetes, kidney malfunction, and stroke.
Sleep also keeps your hormones balanced. When you don’t get enough sleep, your hunger hormones are out of balance you eat more because you feel hungry. Poor sleep quality also affects how your body handles insulin and as a result blood sugar tends to be higher increasing your risk for developing diabetes.
- Daytime productivity
Most importantly, people who have a deficiency of sleep have problems at work or school. Losing even a small amount of sleep each night can cause you to make more mistakes and take longer to do your tasks, which affects your job performance.
Productivity and top job performance are important to your livelihood. If you work in the medical field, for instance, there is no room for mistakes or a lack of concentration as someone’s life could be at stake.
One of the most important factors for sleep quality: Your mattress
One important factor that affects your sleep quality is often overlooked. This is the mattress you sleep on. Having the right mattress is important to getting good sleep. If you don’t have a good mattress, you could be losing sleep and not know it.
Now that you know how important sleep is, how do you know if you need a new mattress? Typically mattresses last between five and 10 years.
You may need a new mattress if:
- You’re tired all the time
- You toss and turn all night
- Your current mattress is sagging
- You can’t get comfortable on your mattress
- It’s just as easy to fall asleep on the sofa or floor as it is the bed
Here are some tips for choosing the right mattress:
- Your body should be distributed evenly across the sleeping surface
- While laying down, your body should be well supported across the shoulders, hips, back, and ribs
- Your spine should be aligned in a neutral position with the rest of your body
- Type of mattress (memory foam, gel, spring coil, pillow-top, etc.)
We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. Sleeping is important to health, work productivity and our relationships. Having the right mattress is crucial to getting a good night’s sleep and being the healthier, more productive person you want to be… which just might translate into a higher salary.