How Much Sleep Do You Really Need Based on Your Job?

September 15, 2016

Lifestyle and sleeping habits vary from person to person, so the standard eight-hour sleep rule doesn’t always apply. To borrow the words of Jim Horne, the director of Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center, imposing the eight-hour sleep rule is “like saying everybody should have size eight shoes, or be five foot eight inches.”

sleep is a big mystery

Sleep is still a big mystery yet to be solved. Establishing the eight-hour sleep rule is just one way for sleep health specialists to address the issue of sleep deprivation, which is a pressing problem that continues to plague the world. The notable effects of sleep deprivation are heart disease, obesity, cognitive problems, reduced fertility, cancer, learning and memory problems, and mood disorders. What makes it all the more dangerous, according to David Dinges of the Sleep and Chronobiology laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, is that allowing this sleep deficit to build up can eventually impair the brain until “it begins to think the sleep-deprived state is normal.” What’s even more interesting is that excessive sleep may be just as bad as sleep deprivation. The key is to get the right amount of sleep that your body needs.

This guide will give an estimation of how many hours of sleep you need based on your job. Outlined here are JobStreet Philippines’ top seven industries in 2015. Each industry will be assessed based on the physical exertion, mental effort, and emotional stress that people from their respective fields experience on a daily basis. The scale will be from 1 to 10, with 1 entailing the lowest level of exertion and 10 signifying the highest level of exertion

 

1. Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO)

Physical: 2/10
Mental: 8/10
Emotional: 9/10

business process outsourcing
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The IT-BPO industry in the Philippines is a dynamic sector. If you work in this industry, especially in the call center sub-sector, chances are your office hours coincide with American time. This means that you work during the night and sleep while the sun is up. You probably have special sleep paraphernalia to aid you in sleeping. If you don’t have any yet, feel free to choose from specialty foam and mattresses offered by Uratex Philippines. You may also opt for sleep care items made to support your body and avoid back pains.

The IT-BPO industry is physically undemanding, but it can be mentally and emotionally taxing since this sector thrives in competition. So, how much sleep do you really need to work productively in this kind of environment? The answer shouldn’t surprise you.

Recommended sleeping hours: 7.5 hours

2. Retail and Merchandise

Physical: 7/10
Mental: 6/10
Emotional: 9/10

retail and merchandise

The retail and merchandise industry is one of the most prolific sectors in the Philippines. It encompasses all kinds of retailers from brick and mortar stores to online shops. Although this industry doesn’t require too much mental exertion, it somehow requires a considerable amount of physical effort. Also, the emotional stress that retailers and merchandisers have to put up with can be quite high since they have to deal with customers day in and day out. Getting enough sleep is therefore important for people in this industry since sleep can greatly affect how they deal with customers. In this sector, the sleep needed per night is directly related to work output.

Recommended sleeping hours: 7 hours

3. Manufacturing and Production

Physical: 10/10
Mental: 7/10
Emotional: 8/10

manufacturing and production

The country’s manufacturing industry comprises of 20 major production sectors that include basic metals, petroleum products, food manufacturing, chemical products, non-metallic mineral products, rubber and plastic products, and printing. This industry requires a lot of physical labor, so if you work here you should consider sleep to be vital in your productivity. Sleep and work are largely intertwined, and you should start seeing it this way.

Recommended sleeping hours: 9 hours

4. Banking and Financial Services

Physical: 2/10
Mental: 9/10
Emotional: 7/10

Financial literacy has gained considerable momentum in the country during the past decade. If you’re part of this sector, you’re an important asset that can help improve the country’s economy. It’s important for workers like you to stay focused at work so sleep deprivation is a problem that you should avoid as much as possible. The effects of sleep deprivation at work can often be comparable to the performance under the influence of alcohol. Since you’re dealing with finances here, the smallest mistake can create big and irreparable problems.

banking and financial services
Relieve back pain during long periods of sitting with the Uratex Backease Pillow
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A good seating environment would be great to help ease your stress, wouldn’t it? You may opt for portable back support accessories that you can bring anywhere like the Backease Pillow from Uratex Philippines. Not only can it ease painful back pain during long hours of stressing over financial problems during your 8-hour shift, it also helps in promoting good posture throughout the day.

Recommended sleeping hours: 7.5 hours

5. Property and Real Estate

Physical: 5/10
Mental: 7/10
Emotional: 8/10

property and real estate

The real estate industry in the Philippines is a growing market. More buildings are rising in commercial areas today. Even rural places with breathtaking, rustic views attract residential property investors. The most basic and most common occupation in this industry is that of a real estate agent. Real estate agents need to communicate with clients face to face in order to close a deal. Having optimum sleep, therefore, is a must for these types of workers. When you’re well-rested at night, you can be more positive and charismatic during the day.

Recommended sleeping hours: 8 hours

6. Construction and Engineering

Physical: 10/10
Mental: 6/10
Emotional: 8/10

construction and engineering
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If you work in the construction and engineering industry, feeling sleepy at work will do you a lot of harm. There are many risks in this job so getting enough sleep is very critical. If you’re sleep-deprived, you will be more vulnerable to harm, especially if you work in construction. So how much sleep do you need exactly? Is six hours of sleep enough? Probably not.

Recommended sleeping hours: 9 hours

7. Food and Beverage

Physical: 8/10
Mental: 6/10
Emotional: 9/10

food and beverage

Filipinos eat an average of five times each day. That’s why it comes as no surprise that the country’s food and beverage sector is as robust as ever. Whether you are a food server or a sous chef, you will need a strong emotional stamina and a lot of willpower to succeed in this industry. You need to be personable and courteous, especially if you’re at the front end of the line where you get to face the customers. Undoubtedly, sleep is an important factor that you need to pay close attention to if you’re in this sector.

Recommended sleeping hours: 7.5 hours

With the proper amount of sleep, you can deliver better performance at work. Although there is no hard and fast rule that governs the science of sleep, you should still stick to the recommended seven to nine hours every night. Hopefully, this guide has helped you identify the exact number of hours you need to be productive and successful in your daily engagement. If you find your bedtime hours insufficient to meet these, try to squeeze in sleep between your busy day. Remember, regardless of your profession, you should always try to achieve the proper amount of sleep that will help you get through the day. Good luck!