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When you own a business, sleep can become a valuable commodity.
How many times have you tossed and turned, hashing over the events of the day? Or stayed up past midnight on the computer, trying to resolve a billing issue?
We all have a bad night every now and then. But when you don’t get six to eight hours of sleep most nights, it can take a serious toll on your life – and on your business.
Here are five reasons why sleep matters.
- Your memory is better
“Now where did I put those invoices?” “Did I place that order or not?”
Scientists have long known getting a good night’s sleep helps us learn and remember.
And, obviously, poor memory can turn into lost time – and money.
- You are less accident prone
Sure, accidents happen – but experts agree, when you cheat sleep regularly, you are likely to have more lapses that turn into accidents.2
Trip over a stepladder and fracture an arm – and suddenly you face losing a day’s receipts or profits.
- You are better at problem solving
Studies show that people are more creative in their problem solving after getting a good night’s rest.
Ever have a problem that has bugged you during the day – only to “sleep on it” and come up with a solution the next morning? Solving a problem can mean saving your business money. Lots of money.
- Your moods are better
Ever snap at a customer and regret it later? Lack of sleep can make you moody or irritable – and more likely to say something you really shouldn’t. No one should ever lose a sale because of a lack of zzz’s.
- Your overall health is better
The studies here are scary. Lack of sleep can lead to heart disease, obesity and a weakened immune system.
Any of these can mean expensive trips to the doctor – or the emergency room. If you stay healthy, your business has a better chance of staying healthy, too.
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1. Miller M.D., Michael Craig. How Sleep Affects Learning and Memory, InteliHealth, Sept. 24, 2012. Available at http://www.intelihealth.com/article/how-sleep-affects-learning-and-memory?hd=null. Accessed November 10, 2013.
2, 3, 4, 5 Six Reasons for Good Sleep. InteliHealth, Sept. 6, 2010. Available at http://www.intelihealth.com/article/6-reasons-for-good-sleep. Accessed November 10, 2013.
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