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Sleep hygiene: Seven ways to improve employee performance

HRD investigates why shut-eye is particularly important during the pandemic

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For the uninitiated, the term ‘sleep hygiene’ refers to having both a bedroom environment and daily routines that promote consistent, uninterrupted sleep. 

Signs of poor sleep hygiene include experiencing frequent sleep disturbances, suffering daytime sleepiness and having a hard time falling asleep.

While the likes of former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer can get by on four hours of sleep a night, it’s a very different story for the rest of us. For the vast majority of shift workers and employees, research shows that they need around 8-9 hours of sleep to function properly.

Chelsea Konyk, registered nurse and mental health consultant at Gallagher Bassett, said that in the ‘new normal’ there are many things we can do to strengthen wellbeing, one of which is prioritising sleep hygiene.

“Staying connected, adhering to a schedule and maintaining proper sleep habits are just some of the ways employees can look after their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

“Having a good sleep cycle will positively impact your mood, energy levels, concentration, memory and ability to handle stress.”

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