Daylight Saving Time, shorter days, and gloomy fall weather can all impact our sleep patterns and leave us feeling like we can’t get anything done. But forget coffee, one of the best strategies for increasing your productivity at work is sleep.
The impact of Sleep on Productivity
Sleep is essential to our memory-formation processes and for flushing out the toxins of our brain. Sleep deprivation adversely affects our productivity by causing short attention span, processing speed, and reasoning, among many other cognitive problems.
In contrast, good sleep improves our mood, buffers against stress, and reduces irritability. Best of all, studies have shown that sleep boosts creativity. Check out this video from Franklin Covey to learn more about the affects of sleep on productivity.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours per night to maximize your sleep-productivity connection. How many hours are you getting?
TIPS FOR GOOD SLEEP
- INCREASE BRIGHT LIGHT EXPOSURE DURING THE DAY (TAKE A WALK OR LET LIGHT IN DURING THE DAY)
- REDUCE BLUE LIGHT EXPOSURE IN THE EVENING (PUT THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES DOWN AT NIGHT)
- DON’T CONSUME CAFFEINE LATE IN THE DAY
- REDUCE IRREGULAR OR LONG DAYTIME NAPS
- TRY TO SLEEP AND WAKE AT CONSISTENT TIMES
- OPTIMIZE YOUR BEDROOM ENVIRONMENT
- DON’T EAT OR WORKOUT LATE IN THE EVENING
- RELAX AND CLEAR YOUR MIND IN THE EVENING
- TAKE A RELAXING BATH OR SHOWER
- BE SURE TO INVEST IN A COMFORTABLE MATTRESS & PILLOW
- EXERCISE REGULARLY, JUST NOT BEFORE BED!
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