How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Mood

How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Mood

Explores how an old mattress can make you sleep worse, and affect your mood, which has also been proven to affect your decision making. Using a Harvard Business Review study, we explore how that decision making affects the bottom line in business.

If you’re not getting your best sleep on your mattress, then you’re hurting your bottom line at your job. That’s not an opinion, it’s scientific fact. A recent study by the Harvard Business Review showed that when you don’t get enough good, quality sleep that your neocortex, the center of leadership skills in the brain is severely hampered and can cause your productivity at work to be impaired. It’s basically the equivalent of going into work after having had a couple of drinks. Mad Men episodes to the contrary, that’s no way to do good business.

So while you might think that your old dorm room mattress is still cutting it, you might want to think again. A good night’s rest isn’t just a luxury, it’s an important necessity in today’s world. Jobs in the tech sector, sales, or even teaching all require your neocortex to be refreshed, revitalized, and ready to go at the start of every day. There’s no playing catch-up during the day, and while two or three cups of coffee might invigorate your senses, it’s not going to help with decision making skills. Here’s why you should ditch the old mattress, and trade up. It’s a good business move.

Sleep Deprivation and Cognitive Function

Your brain only has one chance every day to refresh its neocortex, and that’s during deep REM sleep. During that time, your brain is allowed a chance to catch its breath, reorient itself to the facts it learned during the day, and process that new data to synthesize better ideas. When you shortchange your sleep, it’s the first thing to go — and that’s bad news for the bottom line of your company. Here’s what the Harvard Business Review found from their study:

“McKinsey research has highlighted a strong correlation between leadership performance and organizational health, itself a strong predictor of a robust bottom line. In a separate study of 81 organizations and 189,000 people around the world, we found that four types of leadership behavior are most commonly associated with high-quality executive teams: operating with a strong orientation to results, solving problems effectively, seeking out different perspectives, and supporting others. What’s striking in all four cases is the proven link between sleep and effective leadership.”

That means that there is a direct correlation between your sleep and the work you’re doing. While short sleepers may exist in this world, the chances are you’re not one of them. Less than five percent of sleepers are able to function fully on less than six hours of sleep a night, while the recommended average sleeping length is eight hours. That’s a rule, not a recommendation.

Sleep Deprivation and Productivity

It’s hard to quantify, but a good night’s sleep leads to better innovation and increased production at work. Our brains don’t shut off when we sleep, rather they are able to increase functionality in certain areas while limiting functionality in others. It’s like diverting power from one area to another. That means that oftentimes problems that plague us during our conscious hours can be more easily solved during the unconscious sleep time. Did you ever have a problem that you solved after waking up? That’s your brain working for you. Don’t look at sleep as a chore, look at it like the precious commodity that it is. If that’s the case, then a new mattress is a total no-brainer, or maybe we should say it’s an all-brainer? Either way, get one and feel the difference.

 

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