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Learn How Comfortable Sleep Can Help You Increase Your Productivity

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Learn How Comfortable Sleep Can Help You Increase Your Productivity

There is a direct relationship between sleep and productivity. This relationship demands that you get a comfortable night’s sleep so that you can be effective in your place of work. This has been a subject of debate for many years, with some arguing that good sleep does not guarantee productivity, while others say the exact opposite. However, research shows that sleep is an important element of productivity in the workplace. The big question is: how does sleep boost productivity? In a bid to answer this question, we will look at the top ways in which you can boost your productivity just by sleeping well.

It helps you recover from distractions faster

Distractions are among the leading causes of poor productivity in the workplace. If you want to be productive, you must get rid of as many distractions as possible in your workplace. Since distractions are inevitable in many workplaces, you also need a faster way of recovering from them. This is why you need sleep to keep your brain active. When the brain is active, you will recover more quickly from any sort of distraction you encounter in the workplace. This means that you will maintain your effectiveness, which is important for boosting productivity.

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It helps you make better decisions

Decision making is an important daily task that contributes to an employee’s productivity. Better decisions in a workplace contribute to success. There is absolutely no way you can make an uninformed decision in a workplace and still end up being productive. You therefore need to sleep well at night so that your brain will be fresh at all times when making decisions. This will help you make better decisions in your place of work.

It prevents burnout

When you sleep well, you allow your body to stay active all day. If you sleep for fewer hours, your body will burn out quite quickly. With a fatigued body, you cannot deliver efficiently in a workplace. A comfortable mattress will help you sleep well and maintain your energy during the day, promoting your productivity.

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It improves memory

Your memory is an important tool that you will use every day in your workplace. With a good memory, you will always remember simple and complex instructions, which is needed for you to do your job well. There are various ways of boosting your memory. Sleep is one of the natural ways of boosting your memory, and it will not interfere with your cognitive abilities.

It helps you make fewer mistakes

If you manage to get a good night’s sleep, you will make fewer mistakes the next day than when you do not sleep well. Sleep improves one’s level of responsiveness to the things that you do. Mistakes are one of the things that make you unproductive at work. Therefore, you can become much more productive if you sleep well and thus avoid making mistakes in your workplace.

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It reduces health risks

Not getting enough sleep can increase your risk for many health conditions. Many of these conditions can reduce the effectiveness of an individual in a workplace. Being in poor health will make you less productive in your workplace. You therefore need to get a full night of sleep every night in order to avoid the health risks that may reduce your effectiveness in your workplace.

It heightens creativity

Scientific research also shows that sleep can be a useful tool in enhancing creativity. If you want a way to enhance your creativity, then take a good amount of time to get rest. Your mind will then be better rested and more creative. With a creative mind, you will do so much at work, thus becoming productive.

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The relationship between sleep and productivity cannot be denied. It is important to look at sleep as an essential ingredient for employee productivity in a workplace.

Featured photo credit: Singapore Management University via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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