This Guest paper was submitted for publication and is copyright to Sarah Jones © 2017.
Published here July 2017

Editor's Introduction | Lack of Sleep Directly Causes Higher Levels of Stress 
Lack of Sleep Leads to Negative Emotions and Depression
Causes of a Bad Night's Sleep: Health, Sleep Apnea, Psychology
More Causes: Environment, Noise, Stimulants, Food | Calming Ourselves After a Stressful Day

Sarah Jones studied History at the University of Oregon. After graduating she decided to move into E-Commerce and online business, where she found her feet managing product development teams. During this time she became overwhelmed trying to balance her workload and health. Identifying lack of sleep as the major contributor to her stress and work performance, she decided to start Sleepy Deep. There, she writes about all matters sleep related, and is now proud to have mastered her sleep health. Sarah may be reached by Email at Her web site is:

Editor's Introduction

Sarah Jones has a passion: advocating for sound sleep! Having felt the impacts of poor sleep for too long herself, she concluded that she had to make a change. Now she studies the issues surrounding attaining sound sleep, learns to optimize them, and writes about it for the benefit of others. Given the extremes of stress often faced by project managers through the life span of a project, and the effects that this has on the ability to get sound sleep, we asked Sarah to give us her recommendations. Here is what she has to say.

Why sound sleep is an essential habit for a project manager

Sleep deprivation has been proven to be a contributing factor in an incredible amount of major disasters, playing a part both in Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, the Exxon Valdez spill, as well as countless other smaller accidents. While your decisions might not cause the same scale of destruction as one of these events, when every choice you make affects the bottom line of your projects, and one wrong move can add weeks or months of delays, your decisions matter.

Every study on the subject shows that sleep deprivation and fatigue can have huge effects on our minds, moods and ability to cope with rapid change. Yet when so many of us try and grind out an extra few hours work instead of just getting to bed, it turns out we might be doing precisely the wrong thing. Here's why.


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