The Effects of Sleep Quality on Productivity

Your quality of life and productivity at work are affected by how much you sleep. This extends beyond the number of hours you sleep to how well you rest while asleep. Poor sleep affects everything from your reflexes while commuting to your mental health.

Studies have shown that a good night’s sleep leads to better performance at work the following day. Specifically, how well you sleep directly impacts how you perceive your workload, control, and strain at work1Litwiller M;, L. B. S. L. A. T. W. D. S. (2016, November 28). The relationship between sleep and work: A meta-analysis. The Journal of applied psychology. Retrieved September 22, 2021, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27893255/.. Employers are taking more interest in how well their employees sleep, given how strongly poor sleep can impact workplace performance. Improving employee sleep leads to fewer mistakes and injuries on the job and protects long-term worker health. People who sleep well at night enjoy a better quality of life and produce stronger results for their employer.


Studies have also shown that regular nighttime sleep assessment promotes occupational performance and safety2Pilcher JJ, Morris DM. Sleep and Organizational Behavior: Implications for Workplace Productivity and Safety. Front Psychol. 2020;11:45. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7005570/. Published 2020 Jan 31.. Workplaces have started to provide support to help employees get better sleep, ranging from training on sleep hygiene to modifying work hours. Somnology’s Sleep Lab as a Service (SLaaS®) platform provides a data- and health professional-driven approach to improving this critical pillar of health. By using the service, individuals will be able to improve their personal well-being. Employers enrolled in this service can expect to improve efficiency and quality of work as well as overall workplace satisfaction.

One of the most common health issues co-occurring with poor sleep is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a disorder where the muscles in the neck relax to the point that that breathing temporarily stops. Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects 25 million adults in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine3Rising prevalence of sleep apnea in U.S. threatens public health. American Academy of SleepMedicine – Association for Sleep Clinicians and Researchers. https://aasm.org/rising-prevalence-of-sleep-apnea-in-u-s-threatens-public-health/. Published November 7, 2017. Accessed September 22, 2021.. Somnology’s SLaaS® is a comprehensive health program that enables health professionals to determine the quality of your sleep and remediate sleep disorders like OSA. Patients undergo the Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT) which combines diagnostic testing with telehealth follow-ups and ongoing at-home sleep monitoring. Remediating the effects of sleep apnea alone has the potential to greatly improve workplace productivity and improve employee well-being.

To find out more about the Somnology Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT), please visit the link below.


  1. Litwiller M;, L. B. S. L. A. T. W. D. S. (2016, November 28). The relationship between sleep and work: A meta-analysis. The Journal of applied psychology. Retrieved September 22, 2021, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27893255/.
  2. Pilcher JJ, Morris DM. Sleep and Organizational Behavior: Implications for Workplace Productivity and Safety. Front Psychol. 2020;11:45. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7005570/. Published 2020 Jan 31.
  3. Rising prevalence of sleep apnea in U.S. threatens public health. American Academy of SleepMedicine – Association for Sleep Clinicians and Researchers. https://aasm.org/rising-prevalence-of-sleep-apnea-in-u-s-threatens-public-health/. Published November 7, 2017. Accessed September 22, 2021.

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