Travelling for business can be exhausting, but there are a
number of actions people can take to make sure they are refreshed
and alert in time for their meetings, according to a sleep
Derk-Jan Dijk, professor of sleep and physiology at the University
of Surrey, told the Financial Times that people should not
underestimate the value of naps.
He suggested that, if a business person only manages to get to bed
for four hours at night, they should try to fit in a two-hour nap
later on in the day.
"What ultimately determines your overall performance is the total
amount of sleep over 24 hours," professor Dijk explained.
He told the news provider that people should try and arrange
business meetings in bright and airy rooms, as this will help them
to stay alert - dim, stuffy rooms will have people nodding off in
The expert also recommended planning business trips right down to
the last detail, so that stress and anxiety do not interrupt what
little sleep the traveller does manage to get.
"A well-planned itinerary and services such as pre-booked cars can
eliminate sources of stress," said professor Dijk.
The professor advises people to ensure they get enough sleep in
the run up to business trips - if they are well rested before they
go, the jetlag will not have as much of a negative effect.
Earlier this month, Dr Timothy Sharp of the Happiness Institute
explained to the Sydney Morning Herald the importance of getting
He suggested that not spending enough time in bed can affect
productivity, decision-making and overall health.
"I think for a lot of people they see sleep as a waste of time, or
at least as something that's not as important as other things," he
The happiness expert advised people not to drink too much caffeine
in the afternoon, eat large late-night meals nor consume too much
alcohol, as all of these things can affect sleep quality.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes