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Employees Sleep Deprivation and Workplace Productivity

Author: Gud Sleepz Team

Employees Sleep Deprivation and Workplace Productivity

Employees Sleep Deprivation and Workplace Productivity

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value” - Albert Einstein

A news headline reads as follows, ‘70 percent of employees are sleepy and it’s costing companies millions of dollars’. Most of us don’t realise the amount of money we spend on reversing the mistakes, having mishaps in manufacturing, wrong data codes and much more. The time spent on such tasks is gone and the amount of money spent on such projects is costly. We fail to recognise the relationship between sleep and productivity. 

With the advent of AI, the companies are switching to a more automatic mode of working with major tasks assigned to AI and ChatGPT for verification. This is definitely a breakthrough in invention but what we fail to realise is, the majority of human decision making, problem solving, emotional management, social relations and the knack to marketing lies in the ability to make a decision within a span of few seconds analysing every single cue present in the environment. This decision making could be, whether to let a particular patient go through the robotic surgery or whether to take a call on bidding on a client based on their body language. All of these are important decisions which can sway based on our cognitive and emotional capacity which AI at the moment cannot do. 

Human resource management is finding ways to address workplace hazards due to the employees' sleep deprivation. One of the insurance companies in 2016 actually started to pay their staff to sleep well at night. They understood that sleep deprivation can cost more because it would affect their ability to work during the day. Research has shown that sleep deprivation causes difficulty maintaining attention, delayed reaction time, decreased alertness, suboptimal auditory and visual perception, altered emotional processing and a general inability to think clearly (Pitcher & Morris, 2020). 

What can Organizations do to improve their employees' sleep?

While we need to understand any change in behaviour at a mass scale requires change at the cellular level. Most often, the employees are faced with too many demands and addressing the core of employees' concern actually might promote change at personal level. Let’s discuss each elaboratively. 

Regular Health-related Promotions: 

Endorsing organisational health habits would encourage change at mass level. Why is that? When you are surrounded by people who are concerned about their health and wellness, it would also encourage others to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Organisations can promote health campaigns, reminders for health check-ups, having treadmill desks, associated tie-ups with health-promoting organisations, encouraging employees to attend seminars to educate themselves on sleep and providing coupons to attend a professional sleep consultation

Prioritising Quality over Quantity: 

This could be age-old advice but with growing demands of industries, everyone is expected to deliver outputs in a shorter time. This can affect their overall performance and the requirement to stay late at work can negatively impact their health and sleep. Therefore, having a set boundaries with ample time that is required for the project, set deliverables and engaging in open discussion is critical. 

On-call Professional Help: 

The problem arises when people don’t know where to go when they have something that’s been bothering them. The consequence of this is, mentally brooding, daydreaming, anxiety and sleeplessness. The emotional issues tend to be a pressing health concern affecting health, occupation, family and general well-being. Having an on-call platform for professional help is necessary. 

Nap-time for Maximum Performance: 

While this can be something new, studies indicate that, 20-minute nap time would increase your focus and performance. Encouraging employees to have a quiet-time, screen-break and a short nap would be really beneficial. Human resources can look into this addition to improve sleep deprivation in employees. 

Hope organizations can together help employees grow and also improve their overall profit through making cellular level changes. 

Please Book a Session with sleep coach to know more about your sleep.


Pilcher, J. J., & Morris, D. M. (2020). Sleep and organisational behaviour: implications for workplace productivity and safety. Frontiers in psychology, 11, 469826.

Tags: employee , productivity , sleep , workplace

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