Sleeping on the Job

By: Sherry Harris

You close the door to your office, you casually put your feet up on top of your desk, you rest your head back, and before you know it, you are dreaming about becoming the head of the company. When your eyes finally do open, your phone is ringing off the hook, and a very angry supervisor is standing over you. One little nap could jeopardize your entire career.

It has happened to the best of us, where we just cannot wait to close our eyes after our lunch break, or catch a few z's after the morning meeting. But it is important to ask yourself why you are consistently tired throughout your entire work day. It is clear that something must be keeping you up at night, and it is beginning to affect your job adversely.

Those of us with hectic schedules are certainly no stranger to the power nap, but it is best to remember that there is a time and a place for them. Also, catching up on sleep that you missed during the night will not be resolved in ten to twenty minutes of napping at your place of employment.

Every night you should be getting anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep. Making time to ensure this is a priority each day can prove difficult, but it is necessary for your health and overall well-being. You should allow your body to feel calm and relaxed at night, so you will be able to sleep the entire time, and then awake feeling totally refreshed and ready to start the day.

It is not worth putting your job on the line for a few extra moments of sleep packed conveniently into your day. You are getting paid to do what they hired you for, and if you are caught sleeping on a regular basis, this does not reflect very well on your overall performance. Even if no one ever sees you napping here and there, you still are not getting things done, and thus your job could be on the line anyway.

When you sleep for a few minutes at a time during the day, your body and mind become confused. Every once in awhile might be all right, but when it becomes a habit, you are throwing your natural sleeping cycle off kilter. The body will feel that it has already slept during the day, so nighttime will consist of you staying up for hours before finally drifting off. If this persists, you will never retrain your brain to truly feel drowsy at the appropriate time.

The best way to save your health, and your job, is to follow the natural sleep patterns that your body needs. Sleeping through the night will allow your body a chance to refresh itself and replenish your organs and cells. Leave the hours between nine and five for some hard work, and then spend the evening relaxing and getting ready for bed. After all, you want to wake up and be able to go to work the next day, right?

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