If you’re having trouble getting motivated at work, or are having mental fog when you should be performing at a higher level, perhaps you need to improve on a few things. However, introducing more and more productivity tips into your life might not be the right option. Perhaps, the root of the problem is that you’re not getting the best sleep that you can. Sleep, as ironic as it seems, is a major part of your workday.
If you’re stuck sleep quality is bad, your mood, your ability to produce quality work, and even just your mindset at the office, all take a dip. To prevent this, you might do well with some tips on how to get the best sleep you’ve ever had. Remember how it was like when you were a kid? Sleep was amazing. It still can be.
1. Follow the 1.5 hour rule.
- A full circadian rhythm normally takes around 1 ½ hours to complete a full cycle. Keep this in mind when trying to get restful sleep. When you wake up in the middle of your circadian rhythm, you will more often than not feel very tired, lethargic, and fatigued. Instead, plan your sleep in one and a half hour intervals. Instead of trying to sleep for seven or eight hours in the night, aim for six hours or 7 ½ hours. This will ensure the maximum quality of your sleep as according to your circadian rhythms.
2. Stop using the snooze button. It doesn’t matter if you have already woken up on the wrong side of the bed, the first time you wake up should be the only time you wake up. Do not use the snooze button. In keeping with the circadian rhythm, as mentioned above, when you fall back to sleep after pressing your snooze button, you’re only going into another sleep cycle. When you wake up in 15 minutes, you’re only 15 minutes into your sleep cycle, and you’re just going to feel even worse the second time around. Don’t use the snooze button. Train yourself to wake up to your natural circadian rhythm.