9 signs you're not sleeping well - and how it's affecting your work success
If so, you're probably not sleeping well - or you may be suffering from insomnia, a symptom of stress, anxiety, or depression, among other things, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
An NSF poll found that 48% of Americans report insomnia occasionally, while 22% experience it every (or almost every) night. And it may come as no surprise that a lack of good sleep can have a very serious impact on your quality of life and your productivity at work."Sleep is one of the fundamental requirements of life - and the worst effects of neglecting it are felt during the day, rather than during the night," says Peter Hames, cofounder and CEO Big Health, the creator of Sleepio, a digital sleep improvement program.
"Compared to good sleepers, poor sleepers are three times more likely to struggle to concentrate, twice as likely to experience a low mood, and more likely to be irritable," he explains. People with insomnia are also more likely to miss more work or receive fewer promotions, the NSF says.
"As a result, relationships can become strained, productivity reduced, and even general health put at risk. And long-term poor sleepers are more likely to suffer from a range of mental and physical health problems," Hames says.
To bring awareness to these issues, The National Sleep Foundation is celebrating its annual Sleep Awareness Week March 6 through March 13.
We spoke with Hames to learn the signs that you're not sleeping well, and how it's affecting your work success. Here's what he shared: