Can the amount of sleep that you get affect your productivity? Can you really sleep your way to higher productivity? If so, how much sleep do you need?
If you’re like me, you’re probably confused about the amount of sleep that you need to be more productive. While the news media and health organizations are regularly saying to get more sleep, you might be unclear about how many hours of sleep you should actually be getting.
In 1910, before the presence of electricity, the average adult got nine hours of sleep per night. Now, the average American gets about 6.7 hours of sleep, and believe it or not, research shows that people who sleep from 6 to 7 hours a night are happier, more productive, and live the longest.
So, if the average American is getting the most productive amount of sleep, why are we all so tired?
Well, the experts say that we need to take our sleep patterns into our own hands. There is no “magic number” for higher productivity, and different individuals require different amounts of sleep. Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need for higher productivity may be different for you than for someone who is of your same age and gender.
So, the best thing is to do is experiment on yourself and track what happens when you change your sleep routine. Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier or getting up 15 minutes earlier. You might even want to experiment with a daily nap, and pay attention to these tips to maximize your rest.
- Nap hard: Napping is often very difficult in today’s work environment, but even a short nap can restore your alertness and productivity. The best time to nap is when you feel your productivity begin to dip. Of course, you should get buy-in from your boss before you nap at work.
- Ritualize it: Try to make going to bed your little personal ceremony. Get away from any brightly lit screens, and spend some time reading a book or magazine. This will help your mind relax and unwind. The key is to disengage you from the tasks of your day.
- Wear yourself out: Combining vigorous physical activity with vigorous mental activity will help you to sleep better. Making sure that you have at least one mentally and one physically challenging activity in your day can make all the difference in the world.
There is no denying the relationship between sleep and higher productivity.
Once you have optimized your sleep pattern, you will be happier, healthier, and more productive.
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About the Author
Ali Jan Qadir has been working in the mattress industry for more than 3 years. He is a recognized industry expert. He runs a blog http://www.whatsthebestbed.org where he shares his thoughts on the latest industry trends and answer questions like which is the best mattress for 2013