How to Be Productive by Sleeping More
We all strive to do as much as we possibly can within our allotted schedule. Often times, this means that we run around from activity to activity until we exhaust ourselves. And let’s face it: with all of that running around and splitting up of our efforts, we’re not really able to give any area of our life a true 100% rating.
Because of this lack of energy from going, going, going, we knock on the door of any productivity-booster we can get our hands on: energy drinks, coffee, protein bars, sugary sweets. But the problem with these so-called energy-boosters is that the boost of energy we receive from them is short-lived. Soon, a brain and body crash heads our way, and we, again, reach for the above boosters, only to be perpetuating the cycle that leads to less and less productive work.
What can we do, then, to ensure that we are being active, full of energy and ready for the day ahead?
The best answer is to simply kick up your feet. Yes, that’s right. Kick up your feet and go to sleep.
Why Sleep Matters
Sleep is the moment when our body restores itself from the day before. It’s when cells regenerate and our body receives the restorative aid necessary for going through the next day. When this rejuvenation cycle is disrupted by little sleep, our body is unable to completely reach its potential.
NBCNews.com has a great article that breaks down just why we need so much sleep, citing irritability and lack of focus as results of too little sleep.
If irritability, increased anxiousness and lack of focus are results of not sleeping enough, what can happen when you do get enough sleep? It’s easy to see that we can expect just the opposite.
Cynthia Ramnarace, a writer for DailyWorth.com, notes that proper sleep helps our memory, focus and creativity, among other benefits of sleeping well. These benefits, surely, will boost our productivity during our waking hours.
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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
We know that a good night’s rest can help boost our productivity by improving our focus, memory and mood, so here are a few tips to ensure you get the sleep that you need.
- Find a sleeping pattern that works for you and stick to it. Simply put, regulate your schedule. This goes for the weekends, as well, when we’re likely to differ from our pattern. Ignore the desire to stay up later and sleep in later, as it will mess up your body’s clock.
- Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. This amount changes throughout a person’s lifespan. Often times, children and teens require more, so here’s a chart, put together by Mayo Clinic, to help you determine just how much sleep you should be getting.
- Take a nap if it feels necessary. The National Sleep Foundation breaks down napping into three different types: planned, emergency and habitual. Overall, napping can be extremely beneficial, acting as a mood and energy booster. A short nap is usually deemed to be around 20-30 minutes in duration.
- Put electronics down and away from you at least an hour before you hit the sack. You want to focus on an activity that is going to begin the relaxation process that is necessary before falling asleep. The lights and constant contact that come with electronics can disrupt this process, leaving you unable to solidly sleep through the night. Instead, try reading a book or taking a warm shower.
In a world that is constantly moving, it can be to our benefit to pause and take time to allow our bodies to rejuvenate and restore itself. By choosing sleep, we are choosing a healthy way of gaining a natural energy-boost, which will leave us happier, healthier and more productive.
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