Sleep affects every aspect your life. From the moment you rise in the morning until you retire each night, everything you do is affected by the quality and quantify of your sleep. Sleep insufficiency is implicated in low mood, poor emotional intelligence, physical health problems, obesity, and the subjective sense of good or bad quality of life. Deep, restful, and nourishing sleep is crucial for everyone who works with people all day long.You need to be able to face the working day with energy and stamina, and to have enough vitality to fuel your ability to read and understand the non-verbal and verbal messages you get from other people; and to be able to manage your interactions with those people constructively.This kind of social/emotionally intelligent ability to read nonverbal communication is an extremely valuable set of skills in the workplace: whether dealing with customers/clients or colleagues. This vitally important skill set includes:– understanding how the other person is feeling;– having the ability to spot the beginnings of conflict situations;– being able to restore calm; and:– having the ability to negotiate with, and successfully handle, other people, so that they feel respected, listened to, and understood. Front line people skills. These skills are integral to the work of police officers, health care professionals, teachers, social workers, negotiators, sales people and many other professions who are on ‘the front line’ of dealing with the public.Emotionally intelligent people-reading is also very important in our personal relationships: with family members; people who provide services to us; and relationships with work colleagues.However, emotionally intelligent reading of the nonverbal signals given off by other people, and diplomatically responding to them, is not a fixed set of skills, that you learn once and for all, and can then deliver or utilise, whenever you like, under any kind of personal circumstance. In fact, you need a great deal of energy and stamina to perform these tasks effectively.The key elements fuelling this energy and stamina include what you eat, and how well rested you are.The inside story. But we are not just interested in the feelings of other people, when we talk about being emotionally intelligent. We are also concerned with what’s happening inside you as you deal with people in the workplace? It’s very important for your health and well-being to be able to recognise and acknowledge your own emotions and feelings as well, and be able to accept them as they take place. A Marabain chart. Then you need the skill of being able to constructively manage your feelings so that they are dealt with in a therapeutic and constructive way. This range of skills, I have just described, make up the skills of emotional intelligence, and here is a definition from Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves: “Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognise and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behaviour and relationships”.There is growing research to support the belief that the most effective people in work and home relationships are those who are more emotionally intelligent. And there is also evidence accumulating that those individuals who lack emotional intelligence, tend to get themselves into trouble in work, at home, and even in legal actions!