People usually think of insomnia as a problem of the night, but it’s more than that. Poor sleep puts a damper on the day, as Kim, a nurse I interviewed, explains: “Generally, I experience insomnia just about every night. The older I get, the more I pay for it the next day. I am groggy and grumpy and I can’t think straight. But I’m usually OK until the afternoon and then it’s pure hell. I get really sleepy about 2 p.m. and have to just keep on working until I get things done.”
Not only do our bad nights leave us feeling lousy the next day. They also affect our performance on the job. A review of the occupational effects of insomnia found that insomnia symptoms
- increase the risk of accidents in the workplace
- reduce productivity on the job, and
- inhibit career advancement.
This week is Sleep Awareness Week. To call attention to the fact that the effects of chronic insomnia are 24/7, I’m posting my final book trailer, where I discuss the daytime symptoms of insomnia and offer a few tips for coping after bad nights. Take a listen and see if you relate!