In Claire Blackthorn’s previous job working with homeless young people in Southampton, the residential support worker was required to be on site for 24 hours, which would involve a full shift, followed by a period of sleep, followed by another full shift.
For some of the biggest names in politics, sleeping as few hours as possible seems to be de rigueur. Donald Trump gets by on four to five hours, while Theresa May claims she sleeps for about five or six hours a night. “There’s a lot of work to do,” she said on BBC Four’s Desert Island Discs.
Let’s face it: As much as you might look forward to it, your weekend habit of sleeping in until noon isn’t doing you any favors. You can blame social jet lag. It works just like the jet lag you get from crossing multiple time zones, only it happens when our body clocks get thrown off by the gap between our weekend and weekday sleep schedules.
Better Sleep = Better Work
You know the feeling, it’s two pm and it seems as if the day could drag on forever. Believe it or not, checking the clock won’t make the time go by any faster.
We’ve all heard the saying, “work smarter, not harder”, it’s probably plastered somewhere on the office bulletin board. Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t be worried about working harder, you should be worried about working sleepier.
For those of us who travel extensively, we’ve all experienced jetlag. Anytime we travel across time zones we’re tinkering with our internal clocks. The further we travel, the more out of sync our clocks become. This isn’t just a euphemism for being tired of traveling.