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Sleep & Productivity

How to Be Productive on Low or No Sleep

Follow these five rules to stay productive when you’re running on empty. Sure, there’s no replacement for a good seven to nine hours of sleep a night. But sometimes, well, life interferes. When you’re running on fumes—either because you just stayed up too late or because sleep problems are keeping you up—there are simple ways to maximize your productivity until you can start to repay that sleep debt and get back on track.Get Some Sun.Sunshine (or bright light, in a pinch) helps to remind your brain that it’s daytime and you should be awake—even if you’re exhausted. That’s because light triggers your internal clock to stop producing melatonin, a hormone…

What's Your Morning Routine?

Check out this advice from industry pros on how to kick-start your day to ensure better sleep. It’s 7:00am—what are you doing? Hopefully, you’re practicing one of the following morning routines that health experts, CEOs, and more use. Not only do these routines boost your overall wellbeing, but they can actually improve your sleep at the end of the day. Read on for tips on how you can make their habits work for you. Have a Regular Wake-Up Time. Scott Weiss, a New York City physical therapist and trainer who has worked with the National Football League and gymnast Kerry Strugg, sets his alarm for the same time every morning—whether or not he actually has to…

What is a Power Nap?

Learn how to use daytime sleep to boost both energy and productivity. Think napping is only for the preschool and under set? Think again. Naps can be a boon for both your health and your productivity—a big reason some companies are making daytime sleep a part of their corporate ethos. A power nap is a nap that’s long enough to get you through the day, but not so long that it makes you groggy or unable to sleep at night. For a nap that will power you up, follow these simple rules. Set an Alarm. Twenty minutes is the sweet spot for nap length if you want to wake up feeling alert, cheerful, and…

Boost Daytime Productivity

Shifting your sleep schedule could help you tackle your to-do list, work out more often, and more. If you’re constantly falling behind on your workload at the office and always scrambling to get tasks done at the eleventh hour, know that slacking off in the productivity department may be due to your bedtime schedule. In fact, sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies more than $63 billion a year in lost productivity. And it’s not just your boss who is losing out. You are, too. While getting more sleep is certainly one way to boost how much you’re able to accomplish, what’s equally important is making sure that you’re snoozing at the right time. When it…

#GoodNights Bedroom Tour and Q&A With Lifestyle & Organization Blogger Meg Biram

  Meg shares how making #GoodNights a priority helped get her refresh her bedtime routine and ease insomnia conserns in this exclusive Q&A! Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram.   April’s Sleep Challenge It took a bit longer than usual…

How Sleep Can Help You Be More Productive at Work

Making sleep a priority may advance your career. Getting an optimal amount of sleep doesn’t just boost your mood and infuse your body with extra energy—it can also help you wow your boss and maybe even snag a promotion. Need proof? Just check out all the ways that getting enough rest can improve your on-the-job performance. You’ll Recover From Distractions Faster. When you’re sleep-deprived, you’ll have more trouble refocusing on the task at hand after a disruption, compared with someone who is well rested. Feeling refreshed will come in especially handy if you have a “Chatty Cathy” cubicle mate or kids who have ‘urgent’ requests to turn on the Backyardigans as soon as you enter your…