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Impact of long work hours on Sleep

Impact of long work hours on SleepThe impact of long work hours on sleep and performance on the job as well as your personal life cannot be over emphasized. A boss once told me that if you work extra hours, often what happens is that you try to compensate by spending the same hours you have always done on your personal life leaving less time than normal for sleep.

If this occurs once in a while, it is no big deal, however if it is ongoing over a few days or longer the impact can be significant. If you work 8 hours a day normally, sleep for 8 hours that leaves 8 hours for personal activities with the family and friends. Once your work hours expand, let’s say to 10 hours, it usually means that people will compensate by spending 7 hours on the personal stuff and 7 hours on sleep. More extreme examples are often the norm.

What is the Impact of long work hours on Sleep

Most people should really have 8 hours of sleep on average to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Less than that and you can enter a chronic sleep loss situation where you compensate by drinking more coffee and eating more to maintain energy levels. You gain weight, you become irritable, you are less fun and you can even begin to experience health issues.

When it comes to health issues, there are numerous things such as heart disease from weight gain, stress-induced health issues, accidents caused by not being attentive and so on. Many people will not realize that it all leads back to getting enough sleep.

Maintain a regular sleep pattern of going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. Don’t drink caffeinated beverages before going to bed, do not do stimulating things before going to bed, and above all train your body into knowing that sleeping at the same time everyday is the right approach to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This can include regular exercise, eating properly and maintaining a life style that is conducive to getting enough sleep.

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