Reducing your hours in bed to work may feel productive; but functioning whilst sleep-deprived can be a nightmare…
The general attitude towards sleep is relatively negative, with people perceiving it as something they have to do as opposed to something they choose to do. The exhaustion of late finishes and early starts can often be at the centre ‘battle stories’ exchanged amongst colleagues and consequently the importance of letting our bodies unwind is often overlooked.
Advising to get a sufficient amount of sleep may seem like common sense to avoid health risks, but what event profs may sometimes forget is that working the additional hours can pose greater liability.
Cutting a night short to arrive at the office early or working late at an event may feel more productive, but functioning on a lack of sleep causes the brain to process information at a slower rate and struggle to retain important facts. What’s more, though a high-speed lifestyle and around-the-clock meetings may produce a temporary stress-enforced buzz, the substitute of sleep for caffeine will rapidly take its toll, causing irritability and impacting your communication to clients and colleagues.
If extending a night’s sleep is not feasible, a daytime nap is encouraged, especially if you aren’t getting a minimum of seven solid hours each night. It can be difficult to find a quiet space to catch 40 winks, particularly in a busy environment, so retreating to a car or a vacant room may be the best option.
Although naps offer concrete benefits, resting for longer than 30 minutes may cause your body to fall into a deep sleep, especially if you are sleep-deprived, counteracting the purpose of the nap and causing temporary grogginess. Ideally, a daytime snooze should last between 10-30 minutes and should be at least 6 hours before bedtime to ensure that your pattern is not affected.
Working in events is stressful, so make sure you are functioning well.