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5 ways sleep affects your work and productivity!

Stop following bad advice and start prioritizing your health and your sleep.

A lady taking a power nap in the afternoon on her bed.

The Hustle Culture has been promoting things such as "Sleep is for the weak", "I'll sleep when I'm dead", "No rest for the brave", etc. This advice is so bad for you, over the long term sleep deprivation causes more problems than you can even imagine.

Sleep deprivation negatively affects work performance - productivity and quality - and working relationships. Without adequate sleep, you have more difficulty concentrating, learning, and communicating. Memory lapses increase while problem-solving abilities decline.


  • Sleep deprivation affects creativity - Lack of sleep affects the part of the brain responsible for innovation, creativity, and self-control. The quality of the work that you do suffers when you do not have sufficient sleep.

A lady sleeping on her bed.
  • Sleep deprivation increases stress - This increased stress leads to faster burnout. Not to forget that it also takes a toll on your physical and mental health. If you are not healthy inside out, you cannot expect to produce brilliant work.

  • Sleep deprivation damages your well-being - Paranoia, hallucinations, mania, memory loss has been linked to chronic sleep deprivation. It also affects your social and emotional well-being damaging your relationships.

  • Increased susceptibility to diseases - Lack of sleep leads to a decreased immune function. This can make you more susceptible to common illnesses which in turn will keep you away from work for much longer.

  • Poor sleep is linked to depression - 90% of people with depression complain about having poor sleep quality. This poor sleep is also associated with an increased risk of death by suicide.

Related - 7 productivity tools to help you be more productive! Working hard vs working smart + How to work smarter! How to shift from a poor mindset to a rich mindset!

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