Sleep deprivation affects your work performance. Studies reveal at least one third of us suffer from sleep deprivation that is affecting our work performance and good sleep is key to your success.
HOW DOES SLEEP DEPRIVATION AFFECT WORK PERFORMANCE?
Did you know that it only takes a one hour shortage of sleep per night to produce negative side effects. Especially if it takes place regularly? In other words, anyone who gets less than 7 hours of sleep every night may suffer from sleep deprivation.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
Side effects of sleep deprivation include:
- Difficulties Focusing
A lack of sleep doesn’t allow our bodies to metabolize glucose, and turn it into energy deposits. Since the brain needs glucose, it will suffer. This can result in an inability to concentrate at work. There are ways for companies to help their employees get a better night’s sleep.
- Cognitive and Memory Impairment
A brain starved of glucose can affects your creativity, decision-making, and strategic thinking skills. Memory consolidation happens during sleep. So when you are sleep deprived, you may suffer from memory gaps, making it difficult for you to keep important work-related information.
- Poor Emotional Control
Your tired brain can’t regulate emotions well. This can cause you to become impulsive and lead to an increase in workplace disagreements.
- Physical Health
A lack of sleep affects your physical health and increases your stress levels. This can trigger fluctuations in your endocrine system and weaken your immune system. In other words, you will have an increase in sick days and your company will have an increase in healthcare costs.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
The longer you go without sleep, the more pronounced these effects become. So what is the solution? Firstly, make an appointment to have a sleep screening test done.
Common sleep disorders dentists can screen for are:
- Insomnia: inability to fall asleep
- Narcolepsy: uncontrolled sudden onset of sleep
- Restless Leg syndrome: constant urge to move your leg during sleep
- Benign snoring: mild form of airway obstruction that likely has no impact on overall health, other then possibly disturbing one’s partner’s sleep
- Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS): increased breathing effort needed to get past the resistance in the upper airway. Due to the need for increased respiratory effort, the brain has to arouse itself from deeper stages of sleep. This interrupts the proper sleep cycle and interferes with brain’s efforts to repair and restore itself. UARS can lead to Sleep Apnea if remains unmanaged
- Sleep Apnea: involves apneas (pause in breathing) and hypopneas (reduction in breathing), where breathing repeatedly stops for 10 seconds or more
- Central: is where the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing during sleep
- Obstructive: involves an obstruction in the upper airway that prevents one to take a breath during sleep
- Mixed: both central and obstructive apneas are involved
A sleep screening test is easy and non-invasive. All you need to do is download the Sleep Image app and wear the Sleep Image ring to bed. Our sleep ring measures sleep quality, sleep duration, and sleep apnea. Once we review and present the patient’s results, Dr. Stas Pavlenko make recommendations. These recommendations can include a dental appliance to be worn during sleep or a follow up with a sleep doctor. For patients new to District Dental, your sleep screening test is free. In conclusion, you have nothing to lose except more sleep. Call today to make your appointment and sleep well.
Do you suspect you may have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or you think someone you know may have one? Click on the following link to fill out Sleep Disorder Questionnaire.