6 Tips for Working If You're Sleep Deprived

According to sleep experts, a lack of sleep leads to an immediate physical and mental deficit. After only 48 hours without sleep, the ability to concentrate on the simplest tasks will fail, and after three sleepless nights, your hearing and vision will become impaired. But if you have to go to work, try to stick to the following tips.

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First Things First

Our energy level is at its peak in the mornings. Reserve this time to accomplish the most important parts of your day. Our performance curve drops from noon and onwards. Long meetings and important decisions or discussions like a salary negotiation are therefore best to get done first.


When the lack of sleep kicks in, coffee is there to lend you a helping hand. But too much of a good thing is not good either. You should give the caffeine about 30 minutes before you start chugging several cups. Depending on how much coffee you consume regularly, your body may not respond as much to the caffeine kick.


Staring at a screen all day tires even the most well-rested. You should try to incorporate movement as much as you can. Avoid the elevator, work at a high table and take breaks to get up. Fresh air and a cool room also help to keep you fit.

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Eat Right

Your body is always in need of good fuel, but this is especially true for anyone who challenges their body and mind due to lack of sleep. Heavy food and an excess of carbohydrates create an insulin peak that will be followed by a down.

Don’t Fall For The Power Nap

An afternoon nap might sound like the right idea, but anything beyond 30 minutes is counterproductive. Deep sleep should be reserved for the night. Additionally, a quarter of an hour of quiet music or a short meditation also has the same effect.

Be Friendly

Those who have not gotten enough sleep are more easily irritable. The potential for conflict at work is then particularly high. So make a special effort to be nice to your colleagues, then in the future, you will be forgiven for one or the other sleepless remark.