Your Work Habits Might be Facilitating Sleep Disorders

By Mike Krieger | Mar 08, 2018


For some reason, people often conflate hard-work with a groggy, sleep-deprived employee that is tripping over their own feet while sipping on their morning coffee.


Our work habits influence our sleep, and our sleep influences our work habits – it’s a vicious cycle and it is a surprise to no one. While some sleep habits can be bad for our physical health in the long-run, others may result in the development of actual sleep disorders.

Now it is one thing to have bad sleep-habits, and completely another to develop a sleep-disorder. The former takes minor lifestyle adjustments to fix, the latter is a little more long-term, out of your control and minor tweaks here and there are probably not going to be enough to make it go away.

So what exactly are Sleep Disorders?

We’re glad you asked. According to the American Psychiatric Association, Sleep Disorders encompass 10 different disorders, some of which are as follows:

  1. Insomnia –the inability to sleep at all
  2. Night Terrors
  3. Sleep Apnea –categorized by intervals during the sleep where our airway gets blocked.

There is definitely more, but we just wanted to help you understand how sleep disorders can differ from regular all-nighters or a caffeine-induced few hours of wakefulness.

Now, some of the things you do in order to survive and channel through your professional life may include things that could eventually transform from mindless inconvenient habits to full-blown and serious sleep disorders. And we want you to recognize them so you can make an effort to change them before things get serious.

Work-Habits to Avoid:

So we have compiled a list of common work habits that may lead you to develop a sleeping disorder:

  1. Working from Home: The principle behind this is: high activity level before bed should be avoided at all costs. This could include eating, or exercising, or studying late in the night, barely an hour before bed. This is okay some of the time because understandably, you cannot avoid work and study or skip a meal. But we would suggest having that one last burrito about 2-3 hours before bedtime or do those crunches with the evening tea instead of right after brushing your teeth.

The issue here is that with increased activity level, you are tricking your body into staying alert and awake. This is obviously bad and can cause insomnia if prolonged enough.

Heightened activity is alright and necessary during the day but try to slow down after evening, catch a breath, skip that coffee and build a relaxing routine a few hours before bed. If you bring your work home, then wrap it up a few hours before bedtime.


  1. Say No to Caffeine! Caffeine does not just wash away from your system every single day. If taken regularly as most people do, it too makes your body stay in an alert, high-energy state where it becomes difficult for your muscles to relax, and eventually for you to go to sleep. In the long-run, it definitely has the potential to facilitate a sleep disorder.


  1. Mid-day naps- A little work-break sounds during the day sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Well, not if you are trying to avoid a sleep disorder. Mid-day naps make actual at-night naps harder to drop by. There are plenty of ways to refresh a muddled head during work hours, and tricking your body into believing that your office-couch is a comfy tempurpedic bed is not the way to avoid sleep disorders.

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