Arianne Brown

How health affects your productivity

How health affects your productivity

Productivity. It’s that word that we all strive to achieve every single day, but often fall short. 

Perhaps you’re a parent who needs to take care of kids from sunup to sundown all while making sure that not only are the kids fed, safe and clean, but that they are emotionally and intellectually stimulated. Maybe being productive means getting all your work done during work hours, so that you don’t have to bring it home with you. And then there’s keeping your surroundings clean and organized, the yard maintained, all while trying to keep some resemblance of a social life and/or a loving relationship with your significant other. 

Productivity means producing desired results, and when we are productive, we feel good and are more motivated to keep up the good work. Just recall the last time you made a stellar sale or got all the kids (and yourself) showered and dressed before 9 a.m. The feeling of accomplishment alone likely made you feel like you could do more. 

For many, however, productive days like these are few and far between. And this could be for a wide range of reasons. You could be experiencing stress, not be maintaining a healthy diet, an adequate level of physical exercise, sleep, illness or all of the above.

So, let’s talk about those factors that lead to less productivity. Also, can they be tracked quantitatively, and how?

First, what about stress?

A study conducted by the professional services firm Towers Watson, employees suffering from high stress levels were less productive and even had  higher absenteeism levels than those not working under high amounts of pressure. The survey that extended over 12 countries including the US and UK found that more than half of the employees with high stress levels reported that they were less engaged in their work. On the other hand, only 10 percent with low stress levels reported loss of focus. 

This may be no surprise to you, especially if you,ve experienced similar feelings. However, you might be feeling draggy at work or home and not be aware that your body is experiencing stress. 

Good thing biometrics can track these sorts of things through measuring your heart rate variability (HRV). If you find that your HRV is low (or low variability between heartbeats), it is an absolute indicator that your body is under stress and in need of rest and recovery so that you can be more productive.

Then, there’s diet

“You are what you eat” is an adage worth using on the regular. If you’re eating foods that weigh you down, you will feel weighed down. If you consume foods for a quick energy recharge, perhaps things high in sugar, prepare to get that energy and lose it just as fast as you got it. If you omit food as a means to losing weight, or simply neglect to eat because you’re too busy, be assured that you will not have energy to be productive during the day.

And just like stress, biometrics have the ability to measure things like glucose (blood sugar) and even help count calories. In fact, Biostrap has the ability to measure the glucose count in your skin fluids to find how much your diet is affecting your overall fitness level. This will help you be able to change your diet to an acceptable level to boost your energy and overall daily productivity.

Ah, sleep 

You need sleep to rest your body and mind, as well as to give it time to repair physically, mentally and emotionally. 

For many, that’s easier said than done. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that one-third of American adults not getting enough sleep. Furthermore it is recommend that adults ages 18–60 years need to sleep at least seven hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being, and that sleeping less than that associated with an increased risk of developing things like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.

With one in three adults sleeping less than seven hours, you very well be one of them. Thankfully, biometrics by way of fitness trackers like biostrap are able determine not only length of sleep, but type of sleep. 

Through the use of constant measuring of heart rate, the type of sleep you are experiencing (light, deep, and REM) can be determined. And equipped with this knowledge, you can make adjustments to ensure you get enough sleep to be more productive throughout the day. 

What if you’re ill?

Oftentimes we go about life feeling like garbage, but forget to check if we’re sick. Perhaps you’re fighting a cold or infection. Maybe you have contracted a bug or God forbid, a disease. These are things that are unpleasant and even scary. However, they are clear reasons for you to be feeling draggy and unproductive. 

And while the first place you would need to go is to your doctor or a professional to help determine actual causes, fitness trackers can have the amazing capability to determine your body temperature.

It’s true. Biostrap has a built-in thermometer that tracks the surface temperatures of your skin. And when you are resting, as in, not working out, the tracker is able to detect abnormal variations in body temperature which may indicate possible illness or disease.

Additionally, tracking HRV along with blood sugar and body temperature cal really be a critical tool in determining what is happening in your body. You may even want to bring your data with you to your doctor to help equip him or her with that important and very useful information so he or she can help you get back on track.

Now, exercise

Exercise kind of that double-edged sword, or energy conundrum, if you will. Sometimes you are extremely productive in your exercise regimen, and you feel like you could go all day, and even do. Then you wake up the next morning and feel awesome. People may even call you the Energizer Bunny. 

When this happens, you are likely in a good place with your stress levels, eating habits and sleep routine.

However, there are those times when you even with your continued determination to get to the gym or head out for that run, you feel sluggish, unmotivated, and generally unproductive because your exercise regimen is not producing your desired results. You are not feeling good.

When this happens, stress, sleep and/or diet could be factors. There’s a chance that the stress might not be from work or home, but due performing workouts at a high burnout level. You could feel like you’re getting enough sleep, but not the right kind of sleep. You may also be doing all that you can to eat healthy, but your body is lacking something in your diet.

Biometrics, through HRV technology, can help keep you in tune to what is going on with your body, so that you can give it the rest and recovery it needs to heal properly. And before you know it, you will be back at it, being the productive you, you want to be. 

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