Sleep and Productivity

Lessons from Salesforce | Prioritizing Employee Wellness – Sleep and Productivity

In an intriguing and informative module, Salesforce Trailhead covers “The Value of Sleep,” starting with why exactly it matters.

When you don’t get enough sleep, research shows that your immune system weakens. Especially in today’s times, it’s critical to strengthen it as much as possible.

Not getting enough sleep may also lead to chronic health conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and insomnia. (“Learn Why Sleep Matters,” Salesforce Trailhead.)

After just one night of shortened sleep, Dr. Matthew Walker says there is a 70% reduction in anticancer-fighting immune cells.

This fact should sound off some alarms in your head – remember it statistic the next time you prioritize working late over getting enough sleep. Everyone needs sleep – whether you’re seven or 72.

Without your health, you won’t be able to work as well during your regular hours. Make the most of your scheduled time so that you don’t feel the need to overdo it later. Work on time management.

A healthy work-life balance is essential to your health and wellbeing over time.

Salesforce says since sleep plays a “housekeeping role in your brain,” when you don’t get enough sleep, “the bad stuff doesn’t get swept away, and the excess protein contributes to dementia later in life.”

According to, “Dementia is not a single disease itself, but a general term to describe symptoms of impairment in memory, communication, and thinking.” Dementia may impair daily functioning, judgment, and social skills, among other things.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t just stop there…

A lack of sleep contributes to higher stress levels. “Stress triggers inflammation, which increases the risk of having a fatal heart attack or stroke.”

Sleep and Productivity

Image Credit: Amazon, Arianna Huffington’s “The Sleep Revolution”

Arianna Huffington, CEO of Thrive Global, covers the importance of sleep in full in her acclaimed novel, “The Sleep Revolution,” referenced throughout this module.

Salesforce says that “increasingly, studies are showing that sleep plays a role in your mental health as well.” In a Psychiatric Clinics of North America study, “50-80% of patients in a typical psychiatric practice have some type of struggle with sleep.”

Reading through these statistics, it should seem clear that sleep is necessary for our health. It boosts our immunity, improves our decision-making, keeps us feeling happier and healthier, enhances our ability to learn, and more.

Sleep is necessary for productivity during the workday and in your downtime.

Within this module, Salesforce lists a study from SLEEP that a “lack of sleep accounts fo 11 days of lost productivity per year in the United States,” equalling “$63 billion in total annual cost in sleep deprivation.”

This staggering statistic should reinforce the importance of a work-life balance to your company decision-makers and leadership.

Learn more about the sleep cycle and dreaming in this thought-provoking unit.


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