Working Overtime? 4 Reasons to Stop

Working overtime might pad your bank account in the short run and/or get the boss on your side, but too much of a good thing isn’t great for your career.

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You’ve probably pulled an all-nighter …

Are You a ‘Bedtime Procrastinator’?

If you have trouble getting through the afternoon without an extra cup of coffee or two, you're either the parent of a small child, an insomniac, or someone who just can't bring himself to go to bed when it's time. All three conditions will wreak havoc on your productivity, but since the last one is under your control, it's the most worth examining, in terms of improving efficiency and job satisfaction. Why do we stay up, when we should go to bed?

Sleep Deprived? It’s Thomas Edison’s Fault

Every innovation comes with a price, and not just the one on the sticker. Take the incandescent light bulb, for example. Its invention (by Thomas Edison, Joseph Swan, or at least 22 other folks, depending on whom you ask) allowed us to stay up till all hours of the day and night without burning the actual midnight oil. As a result, people did stay up -- but often for work, not for fun.

Is Sleep Deprivation Endangering Your Job?

Every Friday afternoon, colleagues across the country gather together for happy hour, ready to forget about the week with a drink. While most of these people likely won't return to their desk until Monday, what would happen if they had to go back to work afterward -- and their bosses expected their work to be just as coherent and clear as if it was Monday morning at 10 a.m.? It turns out, not getting enough sleep is almost as bad for work performance as imbibing.

Hate Your Job? Then Get More Sleep

We’ve all been taught that hard work pays off, but at what cost? Studies show that workaholics who consistently burn the midnight oil might actually be hurting their careers in the long run due to sleep deprivation. We’ll take a look at how getting more zzz’s can enhance your mood and well-being, and, more importantly, your career potential.