Consulting Management

Sleep Deficit: The Performance Killer

At my next project assignment i will make a hardcopy of the article for the project manager. 🙂

Companies today glorify the executive who logs 100-hour workweeks, the road warrior who lives out of a suitcase in multiple time zones, and the negotiator who takes a red-eye to make an 8 a.m. meeting.

…corporations have all kinds of policies designed to protect employees–rules against smoking, sexual harassment, and so on–but they push people to the brink of self-destruction by expecting them to work too hard, too long, and with too little sleep.

We now know that 24 hours without sleep or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1%.

Czeisler recommends that companies institute corporate sleep policies that discourage scheduled work beyond 16 consecutive hours as well as working or driving immediately after late-night or overnight flights.

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