Small Business Owner: Getting a Lack of Sleep Can Hurt Your Company

As a small business owner, did you know your business is less likely to succeed if you don’t get enough sleep? Your duties are many and varied, including customer service, human resources, logistics, and marketing, to name a few. In fact, your responsibilities are so great, you may need more sleep than a corporate executive, and the lack of sleep is often responsible for a variety of health problems and poor work performance. Corporate executives often tend to get home earlier than small business owners, because they know they have plenty of employees to do needed tasks, often more so than small business owners.

Actually, many of your employees probably also aren’t getting enough sleep. This can lead to poor health and production and demonstrates one of the reasons you need adequate health insurance for your company. Here are five reasons you need a good night’s sleep.

Research Shows A Lack of Sleep Simulates Drunkenness

A study by the University of South Wales showed that an employee who has been awake for 17-19 hours would provide production similar to someone with a blood alcohol level of .005%.

If someone has been awake for 20 hours straight, his or her performance would be like someone with a level of .1%. At that level of alcohol in someone’s blood, he faces a charge of drunk driving. Would you like driving at the same time as such a driver? Nobody should work with so little sleep.

A Good Night’s Sleep Optimizes Your Brain Function

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute reports a good night sleep helps you prepare for the next day. This is because during sleep your brain forms new pathways to help you learn. This could be helpful in all circumstances, whether you are refreshing yourself on the basics of accounting and finance, or planning the code for a new website. Your problem-solving skills are enhanced. This will ultimately help you make the best decisions, as sleep will help you integrate any new information you have learned.

By contrast, studies show sleep-deprived individuals are about as alert as those who have had a few alcoholic beverages.

You, Will, Have Better Health With a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep helps people maintain good health for a variety of reasons. One is that sleep helps heal and repair blood vessels and the heart.

On the other hand, a lack of sleep for a prolonged time can lead to a greater risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. Sleep can rebuild muscles, repair your body, and fight off inflammation, which often causes illness and disease. Trauma and stress can trigger an inflammatory response, but sleep is the antidote to neutralize this effect.

Sleep Can Put You in a Good Mood

It’s hard for someone with less than seven to eight hours of sleep to be in a good mood, which will help you tackle your daily responsibilities.

Sleep can translate into a healthy mind and body, which can help lead to a healthy business. How many hours of sleep did you get last night?

Sleep Will Improve Your Memory

Have you ever forgotten an important detail or a client’s name during an urgent call? How much sleep did you have the night before?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep helps our memories improve. As we go about our day, our brains take in an incredible amount of information. We better retain the vast number of facts we all gather daily, as during sleep, bits, and pieces we have gathered transfer from short-term memory to long-term memory. The process is called “consolidation.”

Your Employees May Not Be Getting Enough Sleep Either
Your employees may not be getting enough sleep either. A Gallup poll showed 40% of Americans get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep nightly. We’ve already examined how too little sleep can affect a person’s health. Could this be even more true of small business employees, demonstrating the need for adequate health insurance?

It doesn’t matter how small your company is, one of the keys to maintaining the best workers is providing good health insurance. Because of health reform, there are tax incentives available for small businesses that provide group health insurance. You need to be sure you provide the best available coverage for your workers and get to bed in time each night–even if you have to leave some duties for the next day, or hire an extra employee to lighten your workload.