This Could Be Secretly Killing Your Career
If you’re routinely burning the midnight oil and tell yourself that you can catch up on all that lost sleep “when you’re dead,” Harvard Medical School has bad news for you.
Turns out that when you deprive yourself of sleep, you’re not only taking a toll on yourself health-wise, you’re also hurting yourself professionally.
According to Harvard’s Division of Sleep Medicine, any short-term productivity gains from skipping sleep to work are quickly washed away by the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation on your mood, ability to focus, and access to higher-level brain functions for days to come. Consequences from the effects of sleep deprivation are so great that people who are drunk outperform those lacking sleep.
In fact, taking steps to ensure healthy, regular sleep can pay off for your career much quicker than any gains earned from late nights.
For better sleep each night, Harvard experts suggest two things.
First, stop drinking caffeine an hour after lunch. This gives your body plenty of time to digest it and get it out of your system to avoid any interference or restlessness when it’s time to fall asleep.
Second, researchers suggest you avoid “blue lights” up to an hour before your desired bed time. Blue lights are emitted from electronic devices such as computers, televisions, phone screens, and tablets and can cause your brain to fight falling asleep and can delay that blessed drift into unconsciousness.