Have you ever gone to work tired and sleep deprived? According to the National Sleep Foundation in the U.S., 38.5% of employees go to work feeling exhausted every day, and employee health assessments indicate that as many as 70% of employees report that they don’t get enough sleep or are often tired at work.
While we may have gone to work tired or have seen colleagues struggle with sleepiness and fatigue, this state is dismissed as simply a consequence of our busy and demanding lives. Some may even promote sleepiness and fatigue as a badge of honour, demonstrating dedication to work. Insufficient sleep causes reduced energy and an increase in poor judgement and errors. You may be present at work, but you are not productive. In a society where we dedicate every waking hour to getting things done — paramount to worshiping at the altar of productivity — we deny ourselves the one thing that is fundamental to being productive: sleep.