A good night’s sleep is so important for many reasons. Getting some shut-eye has been scientifically and medically proven to be both physically and mentally beneficial.
Whether you’re physically tired or emotionally stressed from work, a good long sleep can solve a lot of problems.
What are the main reasons a good night’s sleep is so important?
- Poor sleep can lead to weight gain: It might sound a little far-fetched, but it’s true. From hormones to motivation to exercise, sleep’s effect on weight gain comes in numerous shapes.
- Good sleep improves concentration and productivity: We’ve all had those days where you feel yourself nodding off at your desk. Getting a good night’s sleep is so important because it gives you the best chance of being at your optimum level the next day. As well as productivity, sleeping well can also reduce your chances of suffering accidents at work. Tired minds can make mistakes. Mistakes lead to accidents. Accidents lead to injuries.
- Sleep helps you de-stress: As well as the basic relaxing benefits, sleeping well can help ward off serious diseases. Studies have shown poor sleepers are at far greater risk of problems such as heart disease and strokes.
- Good sleep has mental health benefits: Whatever the cause of depression – stress at work, family situations etc. – approximately 90% of victims suffer from a lack of sleep. Of course, depression is far too complex an issue to be solved by a good night’s sleep. Telling a depression sufferer to just get some rest is next to useless and only likely to make things worse. Professional help is needed. However, sleeping well is a clear sign of someone on the road to recovery.
- Sleeping well improves immune function: Studies have shown that even just a small loss of sleep can impair the body’s immune function. People who sleep less than seven hours were found to be three times more likely to develop a cold than those who get over eight hours.
Claiming for work illness compensation
So, clearly, sleep is essential for well-being. If you are not sleeping well because of stress at work, you may be damaging your health.
Employers have a responsibility to foster an environment where employees don’t feel unduly stressed. If they don’t, and you suffer work-related stress as a result, you may be due work illness compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 to learn more.
Date Published: May 5, 2017
Author: Accident Advice