In our modern sleep-deprived society many Americans consider skimping on sleep a badge of honor. Popular culture tells us that if you want to work hard and get ahead then you need to stay up late checking emails, filling out spreadsheets, and hating life.
According to a new survey that was shared exclusively with Yahoo Money, if you cut back on sleep you’re twice as likely to get fired due to poor work performance and tardiness. It turns out that being well-rested is one of the best things you can do for your career.
Unfortunately the negative affects of sleep loss on your career aren’t over once you get fired. Sleep deprivation also makes it hard to bounce back from a career setback, with the average person taking 5.1 months to find a new job compared to 3.4 for well-rested workers.
“Good sleep and productivity are correlated,” said John Bernasconi, lead author of the report. “An energetic person who’s taking care of themselves is probably better positioned to make decisions and engage in behaviors that lead to happiness in their personal or career life.”
How much sleep are American workers getting?
The average sleep-deprived worker slept 6 hours and 22 minutes per night, significantly less than the 7 to 9 hours that we recommend here at Sleepline. In fact, between 2004 and 2017 the percentage of the population who were sleep deprived increased from 28.2% to 32.9% of the population, a 14% increase.
Consequences of poor sleep for employers
The negative effects of short sleep on individuals are well-documented. It can contribute to obesity, mood disorders, diabetes, memory problems, weakened immunity, and more. We’ve all seen the videos of Tesla drivers sleeping at the wheel and famous politicians falling asleep at inopportune moments.
Sleepy employees feel completely unfocused for an average of 3 hours and 11 minutes during the workday, twice as much as well-rested workers. They are twice as likely to make serious mistakes, which costs employers $1,254 per year because of the mistakes and the time required to correct them.
If you’re an employee who is serious about their career or an employer who wants to maximize your workers’ productivity, then you need to prioritize sleep. It’ll make you work harder and smarter, reduce mistakes, and set you apart from your competition.