4 Ways Your Productivity Will Skyrocket After A Good Night’s Sleep

By: | October 26, 2017 | Tags: ,

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Sarah Cummings

You need a good night’s sleep.

It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do or where you do it – we all dream of becoming more efficient at our work.

If you’re like me, you probably have a smartphone full of apps all designed to make you ‘work smarter’. And, just like me, chances are you never use them.

Not to discount these apps – they work for some. And not to detract from any of the other productivity tips out there either, such as effective scheduling. They all have their own benefits and each one can make you more productive. However, there is one tip that is criminally overlooked, despite it being the most effective lifehack you can ever adopt – get more sleep!

Yep, simple as that. Get more sleep.

Good-quality sleep brings a multitude of benefits, from a better mood to better relationships, to better health. It also makes you a more productive individual. How do I know? Because science told me, that’s how!

Here are just four of the many science-backed ways in which a good night’s sleep can improve your productivity:

Why You Need a Good Night’s Sleep

  1. It gives you a better memory

Get some proper shut-eye and never forget a name again.

Research has long shown a link between good sleep and a good memory. The reason appears to be two-fold: Firstly your brain is simply more alive when it’s rested. During any activity, the new connections that are made between neurons in the brain of a well-rested individual are significantly higher than one who is sleep-deprived. In English, this means that the rested brain can take in more information – effectively learning and remembering more.

Secondly, it seems that unbroken sleep allows the brain to record information that it has taken in over the course of the day more efficiently. Scientists believe that the brain at night replays the day’s events – in a process known as ‘consolidation’ – which plays an important role in making lasting neural connections. If sleep is continuously broken, this phenomenon is obviously less successful.

So the rested brain is both taking more information in and recording it more permanently. Meanwhile, when it comes to the tired mind, the lights are on but no one’s home.

  1. It helps you make better decisions

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘let’s sleep on it’. The delaying of a decision until both sides have had time to think it over and return with fresh eyes in the morning… well, it seems there is scientific wisdom to the old adage.

Well-rested people make fewer mistakes. Simple as that. Whether it’s composing a grammatically correct email, or foolishly saying yes to Mike’s marriage proposal when you’re not quite sure he is serious husband material…you’re going to want to be rested at times like these.

Poor sleep has a big impact on your cognitive performance. This manifests itself in two main ways: speed and accuracy. Basically, if you’re even a little bit sleep-deprived, you become slower and less accurate than your usual, well-rested self. This obviously affects your ability to choose between two, three, or a multitude of choices.

Just how bad is this effect? Well, one study found that missing just two hours’ sleep was akin to the impact of two or three alcoholic drinks. And we all know how bad some of the choices we’ve made after a few drinks are. At least I know I do!

  1. It improves your ability to recover from distractions

A sleep-deprived person has been shown to be just as effective in most tasks as someone with a full night’s sleep behind them. Doesn’t sound right, does it? Well, it is right. And they can.

That is, unless, they are distracted from that task. Say the phone rings, or there’s a knock on the door, or the cat jumps onto the keyboard. A non-sleep-deprived individual will shake off this distraction and return to the job at hand. Research has shown, however, that someone suffering from a poor night’s sleep will find it much more difficult to regain focus.

So, are finding yourself unable to focus today? Are you roaming the internet reading random articles when you should be knocking out that report? If so, ask yourself – how did I sleep last night?

  1. It makes you healthier

Good-quality sleep not only prevents bags forming under your eyes, it also seems to play a role in preventing far more serious issues, from cardiovascular disease and depression.

The fact is, a healthy sleeper is, in general, a healthier person. While chronic sleep deprivation has been shown to play a role in a myriad of conditions; anything from heart disease to heart attacks, diabetes, obesity, and stress. Poor sleep really is a killer.

Researchers have found that someone who gets less than six hours downtime a night has a 10% higher mortality risk than someone sleeping seven to nine hours a night. Yikes!

And while dying would certainly be poor for productivity, so is catching a common cold. Sleep can help here, too.

Good sleep boosts the body’s immune system helping it fight off those dastardly coughs and nagging colds that really eat into our productivity. It also helps us to recover more quickly when we do catch the inevitable sniffle.

Sleep is our bodies’ way of recharging our batteries. Why do you think the only thing you want to do when you’re ill is stay in bed and sleep?

Conclusion

So, there you have it. Four ways – backed by science – in which a good night’s sleep will boost your productivity.

Now all you have to do is boost your body’s ability to sleep! Fortunately, there are many ways to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep. These can be as simple as improving what you’re snoozing on to changing up your sleep routine. Or even just swapping your bedroom curtains for some light-blocking blackout blinds.

Sleep is your body’s best friend; so like a friend, treat it with the respect it deserves and you’ll see your productivity skyrocket in no time.

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What did you think of the post? I look forward to your views in the comments section. Do you agree getting a good night’s sleep is a must?

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  1. Jarvee | at 7:28 am

    Getting a good night sleep is a must, but we can make some exception from time to time, since we are not robots. We just have to be careful not to do it too often, since it’s not healthy in many ways.

  2. Susan Velez | at 3:52 am

    Hi Janice,

    I agree about a good night’s sleep. There was a time when I wasn’t sleeping very well. I was waking up at all hours of the night.

    At first, I thought it was because I was so excited to work or maybe it was because I didn’t do everything on my to-do list for the day.

    After several nights of waking up with hip pain. I realized that it was my mattress. I went out and bought a new mattress.

    Now with my new mattress and my memory foam topper, I am sleeping like a baby. I no longer wake up during the night.

    I’m back on my schedule of getting up at 5:00 AM and getting everything done in the morning like I used to. Yes, I am a morning person, I do my best work early in the AM.

    Thanks for sharing these tips, I’ll be sure to pass them along. We all know how important a good night’s sleep can be.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  3. shelley | at 10:53 am

    Sometimes it is so hard to remember this when there are so many things to do! Sharing it in a roundup post to publish on 11-4-17.

  4. Lea | at 1:47 pm

    I don’t always get a good night’s sleep. But I’ve discovered there is a direct correlation to how well I sleep and how much exercise I get. I enjoy walking and usually do it daily. But when I get away from it (like I did last month for the most part) I don’t sleep as well.

  5. Ramit | at 10:13 pm

    Hello,
    A Very Interesting Post Indeed!
    However, I am of the opinion that we have to “earn” a good night’s sleep.
    It’s how you live your day decides the quantity as well as quality of your sleep.
    So, it’s all in your attitude and approach towards life.
    And life can be simple or complex.
    It all depends how you make it.
    If you want to have a good night’s sleep, you first have to make your day a “wonderful” day.
    Lastly and most importantly, “Thank” God from the bottom of your heart.
    A good night’s sleep is a by-product of your good acts.
    It has to be “earned”.
    Thanks for sharing the Post.
    Best Regards to You!
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    • Janice Wald | at 10:29 pm

      Hi Ramit,
      Thank you for writing. What an interesting philosophy and approach. It sounds practical and religious all at the same time.
      I agree we need to earn a good night’s sleep for a different reason.
      If we are productive during the day, we’ll have earned the good night’s sleep since we’ll be able to get done tasks quicker and get to sleep sooner.
      Thanks for the interesting discussion.
      Janice

  6. Clearissa Coward | at 9:25 am

    I totally agree with all of your points and could probably add a couple more. I suffer with insomnia on occasion and it is horrible. I purchased a diffuser and it seems to help when I add some of the natural oils. A good nights sleep is imperative for me or I simply cannot function after a couple days. Thank you for sharing with the Blogging Grandmothers. I have shared on social media. #BloggingGrandmothersLink Party.

  7. Kathleen Calado | at 2:04 am

    A good night’s sleep is A MUST for every person especially if that person is working on rotating shifts (night shift, mid-shift, morning, early-morning shift). When a person gets a lack of sleep it will really affect their work and productivity. Thanks for sharing a wonderful article Janice!

  8. Kayla | at 1:28 pm

    There are so many people out there who need to read this. There’s this new culture or something (I don’t know what you would call it) where people are all about “sleep is for the weak!” and are bragging about how little they sleep and how early they get up in the morning and things like that. And I’m just like, yeah, okay… good luck with that. Surely their productivity is suffering because they’re getting so little sleep. And they also feel awful all the time. Where’s the benefit?! You get to feel cool because you post on Twitter how you got up at 4:30 am? I don’t really think that’s worth it, but hey to each their own I guess… I’ll just be over here getting my silly 8-9 hours of sleep a night…
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    • Janice Wald | at 10:04 am

      Hi Kayla,
      I’m sorry I never responded when you took so much time to leave me a lengthy, thoughtful reply. I actually thought of your comments recently when I went to sleep (too late as always. I’m always blogging.)
      I really did appreciate your comments and inspiration to go to sleep earlier. Thanks!
      Janice

  9. David | at 11:12 pm

    Very helpful article. All the benefits of a good night sleep you have mentioned in this article are great. There are some other health benefits of a good sleep such as Live longer, Curb inflammation, Spur creativity, Improve your grades, Sharpen attention, healthy weight, Lower stress, Steer clear of depression, etc. For a good health, a good night sleep is a must. To get a good night sleep, one should follow some tricks such as use a comfortable mattress, turn off all electronic device, keep room temperature comfortable, go to bed as early as possible etc. Thank you for share this helpful and well-written article.

  10. Matt | at 8:39 pm

    Great article!
    Just wanted to give my top 3 insomnia-busting tips!
    1 – Meditate – as much or as little as you have time for. It helps me too calm my mind before sleeping.
    2 – Yoga & Cardio Exercise – I can’t sleep without raising my heart rate for at least 30 mins per day.
    3 – Avoid Social Media – You know it’s true…haha! Living your life waiting for “likes” is the best way to increase stress and affect your sleep!!!
    Hope this helps some of your readers.
    Keep up the great work!
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  11. Liz | at 6:02 pm

    This is a very helpful article and I agree with you. Though it’s easier said than done.I find it difficult to fall asleep many nights. Oh, how I envy people who can just asleep fast!

  12. Matt | at 6:40 pm

    Great article as always!
    I just learned the 4 7 8 breathing method and it has helped me to relax & sleep better!
    Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
    Hope it’s useful for your readers.
    Keep up the great work!
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    • Janice Wald | at 4:52 pm

      Hi Charlene,
      Since I have CommentLuv on my site, I can see from your headline that you also write about how to get a good night’s sleep. We have productivity tips in common. I agree. A well-rested person is more focused. Thanks for your comments.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald | at 12:56 pm

      Hi Jonas,
      I am so glad you found the topic of the connection between sleep and productivity interesting to discuss and share. Thanks for writing to tell me.
      Janice

  13. Melanie Green | at 5:12 am

    Great post! I work with a computer about 12 hours a day and I have to say its not only tough on m eyes, but it’s also tough on my sleep. I often find it hard to sleep well after working long hours. Sometimes, I wake up feeling fatigued and concentrating on my work becomes almost impossible. I am planning to make some changes because my health is deteriorating day by day!
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