One of the easiest methods to improve your productivity is often overlooked. That method is to ensure that we get the proper amount of sleep each night. The National Sleep Foundation say that most adults should be getting seven to nine hours sleep every night.
5 Reasons Getting More Sleep Will Improve Your Productivity
Getting the correct amount of sleep is essential for survival and health. I would also argue that getting enough sleep results in you being more alert and improve your productivity each day.
The following five reasons demonstrate how getting enough sleep can improve your Productivity.
Recover from Interruptions Faster
When you’re have a sleep debt, you’ll feel groggy and sluggish. When you feel like this it becomes harder to refocus on a task, when you’ve been interrupted. Imagine being interrupted by a colleague or that email notification. You leave the task you’re working on to deal with the interruption, then coming back and trying to refocus. If you are sleep deprived, it takes more time to refocus your attention, and even then, you’re more likely to not be truly focused and alert. Whereas when you are rested and alert, you can easily return to your task at hand and concentrate your mind on the task that needs to be done.
Avoid Stress and Burnout
Not getting the required seven to nine hours sleep on a regular basis, is one of the best predictors of job burnout. If you’re forcing yourself to work each day on less sleep than you need to be at your best, it will catch up to you in the form of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion. And soon you will doubt your competence and the value of your work. Whereas when you do get your optimal amount of sleep each night, over the same amount of time you will be increasing your confidence in your ability to do good work because you will have been consistently producing work that you are proud of.
Make Faster and More Accurate Decisions
Researchers at the University of Texas discovered that when you have slept well, you improve your ability to make accurate and fast decision by 4.3%. This may not sound like much, but every little bit helps! And if you continue to sleep well and make better decisions, it will result in work that you are confident is your best work.
Improve Your Memory
Over more than a century of research has established the fact that sleep is a factor in memory. Whilst you’re asleep, your brain is working hard. It consolidates memories, by strengthening the neural pathways and transferring information from one brain region to another. This means that getting enough rest is key to retaining what you have learned during the day. It also means that you are better able to process what you have learned, resulting in better recall and the ability to use what you learned during the days ahead.
Make Fewer Mistakes
A lack of sleep will make you unable to think quickly and you’ll respond slower to external stimuli. This means you cannot process outside distractions well enough to avoid injury or making mistakes. This is most noticeable in drivers who fail to see speed limit or stop signs. Get enough rest and you are less likely to make these mistakes, miss a stop sign while driving, respond quickly and accurately to disruptions.
Hopefully you can see that there is a strong link between sleep and productivity. Being aware of this you can now focus on how to sleep better and improve your productivity.
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Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor