Absence Matters: Feel Better with a Good Night’s Sleep

DMEC Staff@Work

Feel Better with a Good Night’s Sleep

By Bryon Bass, CLMS

SVP Workforce Absence

We all crave a good night’s sleep. To wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to tackle the day is a gift — in some cases, a gift earned through cultivating sound sleep habits. While the sleep process still hides many mysteries, we clearly need adequate sleep to support a healthy and productive lifestyle.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults between the ages of 18 and 64 generally need between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Both quality and quantity of sleep are important. Sleep is a restorative process that is essential to physical and mental well-being. Athletes understand the importance of sleep to raise performance levels in competition. Executives rely on sleep to improve decision-making, enhance problem-solving, and stimulate creativity.

Too often, however, individuals try to cheat sleep and drag into work tired. Personal and professional scheduling demands, the rapid rate of change in today’s world, and technology that allows 24/7 communication and information access can hamper sleep in even the best circumstances.

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