When it comes to career burnout, there are undoubtedly a number of factors that play a role. According to an article featuring our PR client in Forbes Magazine, these factors include but are not limited to work-life balace, a poor job function fit, a mismatch in values, lack of employee appreciation, certain personality and character types and not progressing in one’s career.

But what about sleep? Can it play a role in career burnout? In a word, yes. Why? 

Sleep Cycle has found that 40% of Americans say stress is the biggest disruptor to circadian rhythms, and 60% feel their circadian rhythm is affected by their work-life balance. Our circadian rhythms control our sleep-wake schedule, and so if our rhythms are out of sync, our sleep will take a hit,” says Rachel Montanez, author of the aforementioned article in Forbes Magazine.

She goes onto outline three ways in which lack of sleep affects us:

1. It disrupts our mindset.
2. It disrupts our work environment.
3. It can negatively effect our career or job choice.

Our very own client at our health and wellness PR firm, Dr. Caroline Leaf, is a neuroscientist and author of Think, Learn, Succeed: Understanding and Using Your Mind to Thrive at School, the Workplace, and Life. Dr. Leaf was called upon as an expert in the article. She broke down how sleep can disrupt our mindset and why that is important:

“Sleep is a regenerative housekeeping function allowing the mind and brain to sort out and clean up the thought-building process that occurred while the individual was consciously awake. It increases our ability to self-regulate our own thinking, feeling and choosing, which we do all day long. If we don’t get enough sleep, we will tend to approach work, relationships and life with a more negative and pessimistic attitude.”

So the next time you are thinking about burning the midnight oil, it might be best to think again. If getting a few extra hours of sleep can in turn make you more productive during your waking hours on account of having a positive impact on your mindset, perhaps that might be the better choce?

Food for thought. Happy sleeping!

To read the original article, visit Forbes.com

For more on Dr. Caroline Leaf, visit Dr. Leaf.com