For many people, sleep is the first thing they sacrifice when work and life get busy. During those times, sleep may feel like “wasted” time. If this is you, and when there is so much to be done you find yourself asking, “why spend time sleeping if I could be more productive?”, please read on.
Time spent sleeping is one of the most important things that you can spend time on. Everyone needs a different amount of sleep to feel rested, rejuvenated and ready to be productive, but studies show that for most adults, between seven to nine hours is ideal.
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day – yes, even on the weekend. Follow a familiar bedtime routine, limiting “before bed” activities, especially screen time, to things that relax you and help you wind down. You’ll enjoy the benefits of more energy and when you are well-rested, you’ll be more productive the following day.
Guest blogger, Alicia Sanchez, a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com shares some of her thoughts on the link between productivity and sleep, below:
More Sleep = Lower Chance of Illness
We can’t be anywhere near as productive as possible when we aren’t feeling 100 percent. You are more likely to get sick when you don’t get enough sleep simply because your immune system doesn’t have enough time or energy to fight the illnesses you come into contact with. This makes you much more likely to fall prey to them and to stay sick longer.
More Sleep = Increased Attention Span
Focus is one of the most important things you need to be productive. Unfortunately, when you don’t sleep well, it’s one of the first things to go. You’re much more likely to get distracted and have a harder time getting started, making it a lot harder to get your work done in a timely manner.
More Sleep = Better Decision Making
When you get a full night’s sleep, you are going to be able to fully think through every decision that you have to make, whether it is a business decision or a personal one. This is because your brain will actually be firing on all pistons, making it possible to think about all of the possible consequences and the possible gains.
When you don’t sleep well, you are much more likely to make riskier decisions because you do not think through the consequences, leading to much worse consequences in the long run.
How Can You Improve Your Sleep?
Build A Relaxing Evening Routine
Taking time to relax is an incredibly important way to making your work time a lot more productive. You have to refill your well and make sure you have the energy and mental capacity to do work, which requires you to get a good night’s sleep as often as humanly possible.
To do that, make sure that you can relax before you go to bed. Take some time to do yoga or watch something fun on television to make this easier.
Put Your Phone Away
Putting your phone out of reach while you unwind will make it significantly easier to do. If you put it on Do Not Disturb and keep it out of reach, you won’t hear the notifications, so you will worry less about the notifications that you’re missing – especially the work ones. It’s easy to set this up so phone calls come through but not texts or emails.
When schedules and to-do lists fill up, it’s all too common to sacrifice things like sleep. But in truth, lack of sleep can actually make it harder for you to complete tasks and be productive. Likewise, when you feel productive at work, you’ll sleep better.
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