5 Ways Being Tired Messes Up Your Work Life

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We all get tired sometimes. Having a late night, being restless, or just being too hot or too cold can prevent you from getting a good night’s rest, as can sleep disorders, drugs, and even your internal clock (circadian rhythm). If you are tired once in a while, you probably won’t notice a large effect on your daily life. However, being tired regularly, or even experiencing a particularly poor night of sleep once in a while, can affect your life overall, including your work life. While most of us can make it through the day at work, finish all of our work, and be attentive to projects as well as coworkers, being too tired can seriously affect your work life; this is particularly true if you are tired all the time. It can be difficult to do your best if you are too tired, and your work, your health, and your relationships can suffer. Here are five ways that being tired affects your work life.

1. You have a difficult time paying attention

If you come to work exhausted, you will probably find that you have a hard time paying attention. This can affect your daily work, and your long-term projects. If you are really tired, it can be difficult to focus on what you need to get done, and you may find yourself zoning out instead of getting your work done. This can be particularly detrimental if you have an important meeting (and many of us lose sleep before a really big day because we are nervous); however, if you don’t perform your best, you risk looking inattentive and ill-prepared. It’s also possible that you will fall asleep at your desk and miss an important meeting or get behind at work.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that insomnia costs the average U.S. worker 11.3 days in lost productivity every year, and costs the nation $63.2 billion. The study suggests that although people go to work even when they are tired, they accomplish less. Even being tired to a lesser degree can affect your attention span and ability to accomplish tasks.