Eight hours. You’ve been hearing that magic number since you were in middle school as teachers, parents and doctors tell you how much you need to sleep each night to be your best. However, if you aren’t adhering to the eight-hour rule, you aren’t alone. New research from CareerBuilder
shows that only 16 percent of workers actually get that much sleep each night. While 63 percent say they average between six and seven hours of sleep each night, 21 percent say they get less than five hours during the workweek.
And no, the lack of sleep isn’t because they’re doing anything fun. The study revealed that 44 percent of workers stay awake at night worrying about their job responsibilities. Not surprisingly, when they arrive at the office the next day, the tossing and turning catches up with them in some negative ways. Twenty-seven percent indicate that sleep deprivation makes them less motivated, and 17 percent say it affects their memories.
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“Rest is an undervalued necessity these days,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, says. “We see more and more workers check into the office at all hours of the day, give up vacation time and work even when they’re sick. Yet it’s not necessarily making us more productive, and companies are starting to recognize that.”
Those companies are doing something about the issue, too. Haefner says many companies are focusing more on employee wellness and helping them achieve a better work-life balance. From arranging nap rooms for employees to use while they’re on the job to offering more flexibility to work from home, employers are taking steps to help make sleep a reality. While nap rooms might sound strange, many leading companies are renting office space for sleep. Uber, Google, Zappos and PwC have all added nap pods to their headquarters. Research shows that other companies should jump on the bandwagon: 39 percent of respondents in the CareerBuilder study said they would take advantage of nap rooms if they were available.
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