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4 ways sleep affects your work

Ever wondered what not getting enough sleep does to your brain and how that subsequently affects your work? This #FestivalOfSleep we decided we’d look into how a lack of sleep can affect your work.

You’ll have trouble learning & developing

A recent study conducted over the pond found that middle school students that “delaying school start times by one hour, from roughly 7:30 to 8:30, increases standardized test scores by at least 2 percentile points in math and 1 percentile point in reading.”

See how important the right amount of sleep is?

You’ll be prone to mistakes

Another study on sleep deprivation found that just one sleepless night contributed to a 20-32% increase in the number of mistakes made by surgeons.

In addition to this, the study also found that athletes, particularly cyclists, archers and others whos sports require high levels of focus, made more mistakes when they didn’t sleep for enough time.

You’ll be prone to headaches

Although it isn’t known why lack of sleep and headaches are connected, the takeaway point is that they definitely are. As well as this, migraines have also been found to be triggered by a lack of sleep and as I'm sure you’ve probably experienced - productivity and headaches don't really go hand in hand.

You’ll be distracted a lot more easily

In order to be able to concentrate full, you need to be well rested (obviously). Not getting enough sleep can mean you’ll enter a state of being neither fully awake or fully asleep - you’re just on autopilot.

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