The importance of sleep

The importance of sleep

The importance of sleep for rest and repair when dealing with a business, can’t run on empty all the time. So, why do we ignore this fundamental causality, everyday?


What do you think is more important - that big client deal with 6 figure potential or a good night’s sleep? What if we told you one was not exclusive of the other? In fact, research has suggested the power of sleep as a tool for not just keeping your immune system and you healthy, but as a creative reset button which helps you to be on fire when it comes to your business!

Sleep is vital for emotional regulation – research shows irritability arises from sleep deprivation as well as problems controlling anger. Sleep deprivation affects your amygdala which is the part of your brain associated with emotions.

A lack of sleep reduces the amygdala’s ability to communicate with its regulator.

When you’re running your own business, sleep can come at a cost as you balance many roles and find yourself under enormous amounts of stress.

Which is why sleep is even more important to be able to control your stress levels and deal with it healthily.

Lack of proper sleep causes serious cognitive and health issues according to Professor Vicki Culpin

The UK loses 200,000 working days a year to absenteeism caused by lack of sleep. “Getting the right amount of sleep every night can reduce mortality, improve organisational effectiveness and save the UK economy between £28.7bn and £42bn (1.36%-1.86% of GDP) every year,” she says. Sleep deprivation costs the UK economy £40 billion a year.

The statistics speak for themselves. In 2016, a study by research organisation Rand Europe reported that sleep-deprived workers were costing the world’s economies billions per year in terms of working days lost to lower productivity. Topping the list was the US, with 1.2 million working days lost per year, equating to $441bn (£346.4bn), 2.28% of GDP. Then came Japan at 600,000 days; and Germany and the UK, both at just over 200,000 days.

A survey of 500 CEOs revealed they get less than six hours sleep a night.

Written by Sonny Cutting - The Sussex Business Show