You Have Better Things To Do Than Sleep
By Donovan Grant
It is more common than you realise for people to fall asleep at their desks in the afternoon.
Not enough sleep night the before?
Eating or drinking too much at lunchtime?
Suffering from medical conditions?
These are just a few of the causes of this unwanted and quite embarrassing problem.
This behaviour is fine if you work from home or if you have a private office. When you work in an open plan office environment, you are expected to act in a certain way. Falling asleep on the job is not one of those ways. It is unacceptable; it can impact your work quality and potentially impact your performance rating.
If it’s a one off occurrence (that’s a big IF), then it’s not something to worry about for now. But if you are dozing off on the job on a regular basis, I would highly recommend that you look into it because if you leave it unchecked, the condition will lead to a lot of frustration for you.
I recently spoke to a friend of mine who brought the sleeping thing to my attention. He had been having the problem of falling asleep at his desk in the afternoons for more than six months. It was nearly a daily occurrence for him to doze off and he became quite worried. As he was a pretty healthy guy with a balanced family lifestyle he was a bit upset to be inflicted in this way.
He tried several self-help tips based on his own research on the internet, including…
– Daily multi vitamin supplements for men over 40
– Eating less hearty and carbohydrate filled lunches
– Drinking more water
– Going to bed by 11pm!
He noticed improvements in his general day to day health, but he still kept having the afternoon drowsiness!
At his recent annual medical inspection he shared the problem with the doctor. He explained how he had been feeling, what he had tried to cure himself. He then literally pleaded with the doctor to fix the problem for him.
This is a paraphrase of the conversation as my friend relayed it:
Doctor: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you in your job?”
Friend: “What’s that got to do with my condition?”
Doctor: “If you bear with me, we will get to that. What’s your score?”
Friend: “Probably a 6 out of 10.”
Doctor: “What would have to happen to take your score to a 10?”
Friend: “Maybe doing something new with a bit more challenge and interest and using more of my natural skills.”
Doctor: “Well I think that you’ve found your own fix. Look, you’re healthier than over 80% of the 1,000 clients that I interview from your corporation. You exercise, you get enough sleep at night and you have a nice family life. What you are lacking is mental stimulation in your day job! If you find a job that you are more passionate about, falling asleep on the job will not be an option!”
My friend was stunned. This was not the sort of advice that he was looking for from his doctor. No worrying diseases. No medical prescription required. No changes to his dietary habits.
It was as if the doctor said to him just press the “easy button.”
So what about you, my dear friend?
Would having fulfilling job have a big impact on your health and wellbeing?
I like the way that Harvey MacKay put it… “Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
Are you falling asleep on the job?
If you are, then maybe just like my friend, you are lacking mental stimulation in your career too.
Try this easy quiz to get the first impression of your situation:
1. On a scale of 1 to 10 how fulfilled are you in your current job?
2. Does your current career offer you a good challenge and growth?
3. If it was impossible to fail, what career would you prefer to spend your time doing?
If you answer to question 1 is less than 8, then maybe now is the time to consider a career change. Now maybe the time to discover that dream job. If your heart just doesn’t feel right in your old job, start to fix up your career today. Because you are the FIX that you are looking for.
There are many genuine reasons for falling asleep during the afternoon. If this happens to you regularly, it would be good to get a medical check-up.
If you get the ALL CLEAR from the doctor, then you might just want to listen to your body. It could be telling you now is the time to do what you love.
I believe in you and I believe in your dreams and want to support you in your career change. Let’s connect on Facebook.