The Relationship Between Alertness and Productivity

Everyone has experienced the dip in productivity that comes with being tired and sluggish, but the opposite end of the spectrum can lead to the same productivity drop as well. In order to be as productive as possible, you will want to make sure you maintain a certain level of alertness. Take a look ahead to see what we mean.

Not Alert Enough

No matter the task, you will need some level of alertness in order to perform it. Sleep loss, sickness, depression, and many other factors can dull your alertness and thus hinder your productivity. People most commonly suffer from lack of alertness when they have been awake for an extended period of time; in this case the loss of alertness is a sign that it is time to go to sleep. Although people often use stimulants in order to keep themselves awake longer, sleep is the only natural remedy for this lack of alertness.

Too Alert

Sometimes when people use stimulants to keep themselves alert, they overdo it and end up too alert to remain productive. Being overstimulated can be distracting, which can make it difficult to focus on the task at hand. Drivers who are too stimulated might express poor decision-making skills, and this puts everyone on the road in potential danger. Regular, healthy sleep will reduce the need for artificial energy boosts.

Adequately Alert

When you wake up after a full night’s sleep, you will likely be within the desired window of alertness for productivity. Those who are adequately alert are not suffering from distractions due to fatigue or overstimulation, and they can put their best foot forward and enjoy optimal productivity.

Remember to do what you can to find the right balance of alertness and productivity in the workplace. Feel free to call Guardvant at (520) 299-1911 or visit our website to learn about our driver fatigue and collision avoidance services.