If your work week is the typical forty hours per week, when added up over the course of a year the number reaches to nearly 2,000 hours. Out of the 8,760 hours we get in that year there is no denying that the percentage of time we spend working is in the majority. If we belong to the fortunate folks who are able to sleep eight hours every night, then over a year’s time we are snoozing nearly three thousand hours a year.
You may have noticed, we spend the same time every year working as we do sleeping, which illustrates just how important both activities are to our lives. Yet, the fact of the matter is, to be happy at one you need to be happy in the other. Some find it quite hard to sleep at night when they hate their job. Did you know that you might hate your job because you are not getting enough sleep? Well, we believe in getting quality sleep.
The reasons why we don’t get the sleep we need can vary. It could be that our mattress is too firm or too soft. You might find that you suffer from back pain, which can be alleviated, at times, by changing sleep positions. Your reason for a sleepless night could as simple as not being warm enough in your bedroom, which can be easily remedied by a heated mattress pad. Or, it could be something much more.
Sleep is important in our lives because in that eight hours, our bodies and minds are rejuvenated and ready to take on the next day. Another part of our psyche deeply affected by sleep, or lack thereof, are our emotions. Emotions are loosely defined as feelings we develop to circumstances in our lives. We know them to be tears when we are sad, laughter when we are amused, and annoyance when we are, well, annoyed.
How many of us out there have had a bad day because we didn’t get enough sleep? Does lack of sleep leave you feeling irritable? Welcome to the human race. Making the connection between sleep and job satisfaction is starting to make sense.
It’s in the science
In 2005 an experiment was conducted with the cooperation of employees at a national insurance company. Forty-five of the workers, all around the age of 36 years, spent every day for three weeks logging onto a common website and completed a survey that measured their job satisfaction. In this survey were questions that touched on insomnia, emotional state, and sleep disorders.
The conclusion by the team conducting the experiment was that those that expressed satisfaction in their job were also less likely to report sleeping disturbances.
An interesting point of this study was that more women were likely to suffer from insomnia and were less likely to enjoy their job. They disclosed that they were more emotional. In fact, when it came to lethargy, alertness, and all-around buoyancy, women were more likely to lack in all three if they suffered from a lack of sleep. More so than men.
Brent Scott, a researcher in the study at the University of Florida, attributes the gender contrast to the way boys and girls are raised differently. He mentions notice that women are raised to show their emotions while men are taught to confine their feelings to themselves. This may have something to do with the imbalance in the study in regard to emotion.
The ideal environment for sleeping must be dark, quiet and cool. The mattress and pillow chosen factors in the person’s preferred sleeping position and weight. These things play a significant influence on sleep quality. A room that is too hot or too bright might make it difficult to achieve restful sleep.
You can improve your sleep
There are steps one can take to ensure their night is spent getting the rest they need, opposed to tossing and turning. Of course, we are not medical professionals and this article should not replace their opinions. Still, we have found a few tricks that folks use to help them sleep. So, when you have an important networking event in the morning, try these tips to help you sleep through the night.
This is one way to get yourself completely exhausted. Turns out only a few minutes of high impact exercise can greatly affect your quality of sleep. Exercise will also lengthen the time you stay asleep. It has been said that exercising too soon before bedtime will have the opposite effect on the would be sleeper and actually heighten their stimulation. This depends on the individual so if you want, give it try.
If you find that working out too close to bedtime actually keeps you awake, try working out earlier in the day. The point is to be exhausted when you get home from some good old-fashioned exercises.
What you eat affects your sleep as well. If you are overweight then you are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that weakens the sleeper with pauses in their breath. When you eat healthy, you sleep healthy. Isn’t it funny how so many aspects of our life are intertwined? Try to stick to a low-calorie diet high in protein. Most importantly find a diet that works for you.
There is no one true fix for all of us because while we are all made the same we are very different. You may have a gluten allergy or find that a Mediterranean diet doesn’t agree with your GERD. These decisions take research. But if you exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet full of vegetables instead of fast food don’t be surprised if your sleep improves, which just might lead to satisfaction in your job.
Your Bedroom Matters
As previously mentioned, your environment is important in achieving restful sleep. If you find that your sleep is already affecting your work and your day-to-day activities, then it might be wise to invest on items to help you sleep better. A white noise machine may help in blocking out loud sounds. A heated mattress pad may help keep you warm on cold nights.