Getting a good night’s sleep can do wonders and have a positive impact on many aspects of life, including your productivity. Despite the importance of a good night’s sleep, this is something that many people are lacking in their life and often because they do not have a structured routine in place.
Sleep & Productivity
A study of 4,188 US workers found that those that slept less had significantly worse productivity, performance and safety outcomes and an estimated $1,967 loss occurred due to a loss of productivity. Another study of 1,000 adults tracked productivity and sleep quantity and quality with a clear conclusion – sleep duration (short and long), insomnia, sleepiness and snoring were all associated with decreased work productivity.
It is clear that sleep impacts productivity and people need to be prioritizing getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep, so how can you go about doing this?
Go to Bed at the Same Time
One of the most important steps to creating a routine is going to bed at the same time each night (and getting up at the same time). Your mind will start to associate this with time for sleeping and it will help to adjust your body clock.
In a time where people are constantly looking at a screen, it is thought that this is a major reason that people struggle to get enough sleep as a result of the blue light emitted. This is why it is smart to avoid screens for an hour before bed, which will also help to calm your mind before bed.
Leading on from this, it is hard to drop off to sleep if you go to bed feeling stressed or in a bad mood. This is why you should try to find ways to de-stress beforehand, such as meditating, creating a list of things to do for the next day or reading.
Having comfortable clothing and outfits specifically for sleeping can also make a big difference to your sleep. Choosing comfortable nightwear could improve your sleep as it will help you feel cosy while in bed, plus having an outfit specifically for sleeping will communicate to your mind that it is time for bed.
Sleep can have an enormous impact on productivity (as well as other areas of life), so it is something that people should prioritise and hopefully these tips will help you to do this and enjoy the benefits of a good night’s sleep.