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Sleep & The Workplace

5 Ways Being Well Rested Improves Your Life

You probably know that you should be sleeping seven to nine hours a night, but do you really know why? It’s not just that you’ll feel more energy (although that’s a definite plus). There are a lot of other benefits that arise when you prioritize sleep. That’s because while you’re asleep, your body is hard at work healing itself and optimizing different processes. The result: better physical and mental health when you wake up in the morning. These are just five of the benefits that you’ll experience when you’re well rested:You’re better able to focus and learn. When you have had a good night’s sleep, it’s easier to keep your attention on something…

5 Fast Ways to Overcome an Afternoon Slump

Here’s the thing about wanting to take a nap in the early afternoon: It’s completely natural. Your energy level dips right around seven hours after you wake up, causing you to crave some shuteye. On top of that, there are things that make an afternoon slump worse, like eating a carb-heavy lunch or sitting still for too long at your desk. That said, most people can’t settle in for an afternoon nap every day. That’s when you need a quick way to boost your energy. Here are some simple strategies that do just that.Have an energizing snack. Food, after all, is energy, so it makes sense that eating something will help you feel…

3 Ways to Adjust to Sleeping in a Room with Others

If you’re used to the comfort and quiet of sleeping solo or with one other person, moving into a barracks, tent, cabin, or other sleep quarters with other people can be a shock to the system. Fortunately, there’s growing awareness of the importance of military personnel getting enough sleep. But with all those breathing, snoring, sleep-talking, tossing and turning bodies around you, it may be difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep initially. Here are easy ways to improve your odds of getting good quality sleep in a room with other people.Create quiet. While you can’t control the noise around you—from outside vehicles, snoring soldiers, and other sources—you can mitigate your…

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…

Sleeping at Work: Companies with Nap Rooms and Snooze-Friendly Policies

Catching a quick nap is smart business at these five firms. Sleeping on the job was once considered taboo, but today, more and more companies are encouraging employees to take a mid-shift snooze. And it’s a wise practice: 29 percent of workers report falling asleep or becoming very sleepy at work, and a lack of sleep costs the United States $63 billion each year in lost productivity. But a short twenty-minute nap can boost alertness and improve performance—both important when you’re on the job. Many companies with a strong commitment to employee wellness recognize the benefits of on-site napping. “We look out for our employees’ quality of life, and providing space and time for…

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…

Tricks Athletes Use to Make Sleep a Priority

Seven sports stars who get plenty of zzz’s Whether you’re a serious athlete who competes in half or full marathons or just someone who likes to go for a walk or bike ride now and then, getting more sleep leads to better sports performance. And the more you train, the more shut-eye you’ll need. That’s because physical activity puts stress on your body, particularly on the muscles and the nervous system. Muscle repair and rebuilding happens when you’re snoozing, meaning you need more time to recoup. Check out what athletes do to keep their bodies in peak shape. Follow their lead! Catch Enough Winks. Since athletes need more sleep than average people, eight to 10 hours…

How Sleep Affects Your Everyday Performance

Three major reasons to make high-quality snooze time a top priority In American culture, the mantra is typically: “You snooze, you lose.” But in reality, if you don’t snooze, you lose! Below, find out how getting an optimal amount of sleep each night can lead to physical, cognitive, and emotional improvements during the day. How Sleep Affects Your Body Sleep is important for healthy immune function, because it boosts your odds of fighting off infections that you may be exposed to on any given day. It also helps regulate body temperature, hormone levels, digestion, and appetite. So if you stay up until the wee hours of the morning, you might feel very cold and/or experience digestive distress…

How Astronauts Sleep

Can’t sleep? Try dozing off in zero gravity! Think you have trouble getting enough sleep? Imagine that when you said goodnight, you could expect the sun to set—and then come up again—about five times during your eight-hour “night.” Now consider lying down when there’s no, well, down—due to zero gravity. That’s the daily reality for astronauts living and sleeping in space. But they still manage to get their shut-eye! Learn how… They Get Primed for Takeoff. Beginning three to seven days before takeoff, astronauts are exposed to bright light at certain times throughout the day in order to manipulate their biological clocks to be wide awake at the time of the launch. They Manufacture a 24-Hour Day….