This Is The Right Amount of Sleep You Need
If the thought of getting out of bed and heading out is torturous, then fret not. You’re in the same boat as thousands of people. Here’s the sleeping pattern to adopt to be productive
We know it’s winter and the struggle to get out of bed is even harder than any other time of year. And with it being festive season, you’re probably not sleeping on time and having a number of late nights during the week. And may God help you if you have to wake up an hour earlier to head to a meeting. If you’ve ever had to wake up an hour earlier than usual one morning and ended up hitting the snooze button a number of times, it’s okay; don’t be too hard on yourself.
It is true that early risers are more productive and get more done in the day, that’s what makes them so productive right? But perhaps not! According to a growing body of research, getting a consistent amount of sleep is the only requirement for a boost in your productivity. It only makes sense right? If your body is well rested and caught up on sleep, it will be able to function and perform better throughout the day. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, tracked the sleep patterns of 61 full-time students at Harvard College for 30 days.
While all of the students slept for about the same number of hours, those who went to bed and woke up at different times during the week tended to perform worse in their classes than those who stuck to the same sleep routine. The results simply indicate that if you go to sleep and wake up at approximately the same time, it is linked with good academic performance, authors of the study wrote.
Many other studies and research too suggests that a regular sleep cycle is the best way to be productive. In 2018, researchers at Baylor University conducted a similar study of bedtime habits of interior design students. What they found was no surprise: The more irregular the students’ sleep schedule, the worse they performed throughout the week.
So if “rising and shining” sounds like torture to you, take a cue from your body and set your alarm clock to a time that’s more manageable—and stick to that schedule all week.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, read our guide on tricks to help you fall asleep!