Part of the success we receive in life is through finding that perfect rhythm between family life, work life, friends, and time for ourselves. Much of our ability to achieve this work-life balance is possible only when we get sufficient rest.
We’ve written before about the negative effects of sleep deprivation, but it might not be apparent how these negative effects also disrupt our relationships, both at work and at home. As a result, your social life can suffer.
Negative Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Lack of sleep leads to impaired judgment. And impaired judgment can mean mistakes at work and unwise health and lifestyle choices at home. When we are tired, we are less likely to exercise, less likely to eat well, and less likely to engage with family and friends in meaningful ways.
Relationships hinge on mood. Our family and friends are usually forgiving of our ups and downs, but a
Tired people miss social cues. Is it time for you to speak up in that meeting? Or stop talking and listen to your spouse? Is your co-worker getting annoyed with you, or is she just eager to jump into the conversation? So much of our work lives and personal lives are managed through subtle social cues. We tend to miss many of these cues when we’re tired.
Our impulse control suffers from a lack of sleep. Our ability to do what we’re supposed to do, as opposed to what feels right in the moment, takes impulse control (sometimes called “self-control.”) The more tired you are, the higher the chances that you will act impulsively.
People respond to our personal energy. How would you react to someone who seems engaged, cheerful, and energized? Now, consider how you would react to someone who seemed tired, withdrawn, and irritable. Our energy levels directly affect how people see us and react to us. The most successful and influential people tend to be positive — and well rested!
We slow down without proper rest. Maybe your sleepiness doesn’t completely destroy your ability to work, but you will definitely slow down and make more mistakes. This can result in extra time in the office, or
It’s no wonder that a lack of sleep is associated with increased stress levels general work-life imbalance!
Work-Life Balance Tips from Sleep Experts
Some elements of our work-life balance are beyond our control — for example, how and when projects fall in our lap, when illness occurs, etc. Others are in our control, but only in a long-term sense: our salary, our workload, the number of friends we have, the number of kids, etc.
But there are a few things we can do on a daily basis to improve our work-life balance, bringing more harmony to both our social lives and work lives:
- Unplug, especially at night. While modern technology has been a great thing in many ways, it also creates the expectation that we’re always accessible. Not only does this lead to seemingly endless workdays, but working at night can keep us up later than is good for us, and glowing screens can disrupt our sleep patterns. Learn to unplug when it’s time for bed.
- Get into an exercise routine. Yes, it takes time. But exercise helps with a long list of potential ailments and problems. And, regular exercise can, over time, help us sleep better too.
- Make time for friends and family. Don’t just give friends and family whatever time is left over after work. Intentionally schedule time with them, guard that time, be engaged. Put the phone away and be present with the people who matter to you.
- Remember: Nothing gets done if you are “burned out.” Too much stress and not enough sleep will hurt your performance at work and your relationships at home. In fact, studies of successful people, from entrepreneurs to Olympic athletes to doctors to straight-A students, have found that most make sleep, relaxation, and “downtime” priorities in their lives.
Investing in Quality Sleep
Of course, there are many other things you can do to lead a happier, more productive life. At Banner Mattress, we believe quality sleep is as important as the mattress you are sleeping on. With quality sleep, you are able to find balance and conquer other hurdles in your life. Start today, by downloading your FREE guide to mattress shopping: