An Ashridge Executive Education study examines the impact of sleep changes on productivity and work performance, reports the Saudi Gazette.

Fasting during Ramadan usually affects sleep patterns as the daily schedules of those who are fasting changes. A recent study by Ashridge Executive Education on sleep patterns of executives helps managers in the region to be more aware of the effects of altered sleep patterns during Ramadan and be more understanding of its impact on productivity.

Ashridge’s research focused on three areas – basically performance at work, social life, physical and emotional health. As part of the study, the sleeping habits of professionals ranging from junior managers to C-suite executives were examined. In the large-scale study conducted, responses from over 1,000 executives about the quantity and quality of their sleep were analyzed, and how this impacted on their lives.

The research has clearly identified that Generation Y workers, between the ages of 20-34 years are at the greatest risk of suffering negatively from sleep loss.

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