tired.jpgDST is trending this morning on Twitter. Turns out lots of you are feeling the impact of the daylight savings time switchover.

Here are some of your tired tweets:

@HowBoutIt87: So every company should give us the Monday off after DST when we lose the hour

Anybody else still a little screwed up with this Daylight Savings!?! #DST

@KreelanWarrior I thought I was up outrageously early, but come to find it’s already 6AM after the DST change yesterday. Arghhh!

I wasn’t surprised to see all the DST tweets. When my 12 year old daughter came down for breakfast this morning she asked: “Can I not go to school today? I want to sleep.”

It’s definitely a tough time, and clearly most of you don’t get enough sleep on regular days so DST only adds to the exhaustion. One study by Philips Electronics found that workers are seriously tired.

* 85 percent of office workers admit that if they slept more, they would be more productive while on the job
* More than half (56%) of office workers don’t consistently get a good night’s sleep
* Two-thirds (64%) of office workers surveyed believe that lack of sleep means their day begins on a low note
* Two-thirds (64%) of employees do not wake up before their alarm goes off and more than one-third (37%) are not ready to get up when their alarm goes off

So what about a nap at work? It’s not unheard of for some lucky employees. But taking naps may do nothing for the under performers among us.

Some forward-thinking employers allow for some nap time, including Google and Zappos, according to ResumeBear, a great job-hunting site you should all check out.

These businesses understand how important it is to have workers who are well rested.

A recent Harvard Medical School health blog post, by Harvey B. Simon, M.D., Editor in Chief, Harvard Men’s Health Watch, said “even a brief nap may boost learning, memory, and creative problem solving.”

He cited a 2010 Harvard study that suggested “dreaming may reactivate and reorganize recently learned material, which would help improve memory and boost performance. In the study, volunteers learned to navigate a complex maze. During a break, some were allowed to nap for 90 minutes, others weren’t. When the volunteers tackled the maze again, only the few who dreamed about it during their naps did better.”

But sleeping doesn’t appear to help dozy dimwits.

In another Harvard study of college students, Simon pointed out an odd phenomenon. The student volunteers, he explained, “memorized pairs of unrelated words, worked on a maze puzzle, and copied an intricate figure. All were tested on their work, and half were allowed to nap for 45 minutes. During a retest, napping boosted the performance of volunteers who initially did well on the test, but didn’t help those who scored poorly the first time around.”

So, are you tired? And does being tired impact your job performance? A while back I wrote about some very successful people who were always tired but didn’t think it impacted their career success.

What’s your take?

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