7 Benefits of Drinking More Water at Work
We’re willing to bet that most people reading this blog don’t drink enough water. The vast majority of people fail to drink the recommended daily amount and many of us don’t even know what that is. While most people know they should be drinking more water than they are, many don’t fully understand the impact being dehydrated has on their performance at work.
While staying hydrated at work may be pretty low down on your list of priorities, keeping a close eye on it and remembering to drink even when you’re not thirsty helps boost things like your energy levels and mood. Often, employees don’t recognise the signs of dehydration because they’re concentrating on their day to day tasks. Make sure you keep an eye out for some of the telltale signs:
- Increased heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Quicker breathing
An incredible 43% of brits don’t think they drink enough water throughout the day, but what are the benefits when we do?
Benefits of Drinking More Water
There are a multitude of benefits to drinking more water. Here are the most important when it comes to businesses and their employees.
1. Improves Concentration
Most employees will be working for 8-9 hours a day, this means they need to maintain concentration levels over quite a long time. After the first couple of hours, many start to feel fatigued and concentration levels dip. A human brain is made up of 75% water so even minor levels of dehydration can cause lapses in cognitive function.
2. Increases Energy Levels
As cognitive functions drop, so too does physical energy. You’ll feel less alert, more lethargic and become irritable. When energy levels drop it can become really difficult to start new projects or communicate effectively with team members. This often has a direct impact on overall productivity levels.
3. Decreases Stress
When your body becomes dehydrated, blood vessels constrict. This leads to feelings of stress or anxiety and can make concentrating on individual tasks even more difficult. While all liquids will help to alleviate stresses, consuming sugary drinks can actually have the opposite effect once the initial sugar high wears off.
4. Helps With Headaches
Stress and dehydration quickly lead to headaches and sometimes even migraines. While many of us reach for paracetamol, this is not always the most effective way to get rid of them. In fact, when we feel a headache coming on most of us are actually just dehydrated. Next time you feel one coming on, drink a full glass of water before resorting to pain killers as it’s much better for your body.
5. Improves Your Overall Mood
When your body is fit, healthy and properly hydrated, your mood improves. Irritability, stress and sometimes anxiety are all common side effects of being dehydrated – drinking enough water is the most effective way to alleviate them. Plus, feeling fit, happy and healthy improves productivity and overall job satisfaction.
6. Perfect For Anyone Watching Their Weight
Sometimes when your body is dehydrated and needs water you feel hungry rather than thirsty. Although it seems counterproductive, try drinking a pint of water next time you have pangs of hunger and see if they disappear. This is great for anyone wanting to lose some weight or reduce the amount of snacking they do during the day.
That being said, your body needs food too! Don’t substitute a glass of water for food when you really are hungry – grab yourself something from a fresh food vending machine instead.
7. Helps to Save the Pennies
Drinking water is a much cheaper alternative than grabbing a coffee or iced drink from your favourite high street joint when you feel thirsty. Either take a reusable bottle of water with you into the office or make the most of some of the latest water dispensers that can be installed at your premises now.
Staying Hydrated With Connect Vending
At Connect Vending, we understand the importance of keeping people refreshed and hydrated. We offer a wide range of watercooler and vending options to suit your needs.
Get in touch with the team today to find out more about how you and your business can benefit.