There is a lot of research that show the relationship between sleep and productivity at work. Generally, insufficient amounts of sleep will have a negative impact on the way that you work. You will be slow to recover from distractions, you will have a short attention span, and in addition, you’re more likely to burn yourself out. Getting a good night’s rest (7-9 hours) will increase your productivity at work.
Get A Sleep Cycle App
If you regularly wake up feeling unrested, you might want to consider getting a sleep cycle app. Something like Sleep Time, which is available on both IOS and Android. An app will record your sleep patterns and give you an idea of your general sleeping habits. This will help you identify what your problems are and ways to improve your sleep.
Do you know those days when you just need 5 more minutes of internet time before bed? Yeah, that quickly turns into an hour or two. And then you wake up feeling like crap in the morning. Instead of this, commit to a routine. If you go to sleep at a certain time every night and wake up at a specific time also, your body will adjust. When you’ve adjusted to a routine you are able to get more out of your sleep.
This is probably the best advice you will ever receive. Take naps to supplement insufficient hours of sleep. Waking up from a nap comes with new bursts of energy. The only thing that you should be careful of is taking naps too close to bedtime. This will affect your ability to fall asleep.
Be Aware Of What You Eat And Drink
Taking too much sugar when it’s late can leave you unable to sleep. Coffee also affects your ability to get a good night’s rest. If you’re going to drink coffee, you should take it at least 6 hours before bed.
Working out is a good way to deplete your energy reserves. Working out has other benefits on your productivity as well. And it certainly does make sleep more enjoyable.
Get A New Mattress
You may find yourself feeling uncomfortable at all hours of the night. You toss and turn, and still, you can’t get into your sleep. You simply keep ending up in uncomfortable positions. This might be as a result of your mattress. You might want to consider getting a new one. In addition to this, you should make your environment more conducive to sleep. Make sure your curtains aren’t letting in too much light. Don’t sleep with the TV on. And put your phone on vibrate to avoid distractions.
Relax Before Bed
Winding down before bed can also improve your quality of sleep. Just turn off your work brain, and relax with a movie or listen to some music. Give yourself the opportunity to get into a restive state.
The quality of your sleep will have direct effects on your work. Good habits will help you be more productive during the day.