It's not hard to imagine the impact that getting enough sleep can have on the next day's productivity and ability to focus. You only have to wake up felling refreshed and energized once to instantly understand that.

But a new 2,500 person study from HealthySleep.org (a site dedicated to researching and enabling healthy sleep) shows that getting a good night's sleep benefits your career and success more directly that you might suspect. The study broke respondents into one of two groups based on their responses, either good sleepers or bad sleepers.

The breadth of career and success enhancing benefits that good sleepers enjoyed honestly surprised me. First, I'll impress you with the statistics, then we'll talk about how you can get in on all the goodness of getting great sleep.

The surprising depth of the benefits of a good night's sleep.

People coded as "good sleepers" in the study:

  • Earned 16 percent more (than bad sleepers)
  • Are far more satisfied with raises they get
  • Have six times more in savings
  • Worry far less about paying bills (sleep experts say worry is a top impediment to getting enough sleep)
  • Are far less likely to live paycheck to paycheck
  • Take one month less to find a new job
  • Have a higher percentage of management positions
  • Waste three less hours a week at work
  • Are two times less likely to feel overwhelmed at work
  • Are far less likely to feel career regrets
  • Are two times less likely to feel stuck in their career
  • Are far less likely to be dissatisfied with their job
  • Are far more likely to feel they work at a good company
  • Are far less likely to feel a lack of companionship, isolated, left out, or irritated
  • Are far more likely to have a positive work life balance, have enough free time, come home from work in a good mood

Who wouldn't want all of this? Of course, if it was easy to consistently get a good night's sleep we'd all just do it. Not to worry though, there are lots of small changes that can have a significant and positive impact on your nightly rest.

Here's how to get a better night's sleep.

Experts at healthline.com say reduce screen time at night, stop drinking caffeine by late afternoon and don't eat late at night, limit daytime naps to no more than a half hour, diminish exposure to light and noise in your sleeping environment, relax and clear your mind at bedtime, get plenty of exercise (but not right before bed) and establish a consistent sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time.

So, rest assured that getting a good night's sleep has career and success benefits galore. Close your eyes, make a wish, then don't just wish -- make it happen.

Published on: Jun 23, 2019
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