Now that you’re working from home, it is important that you have a proper work schedule and sleep better, to improve your productivity. As adults, we tend to glamorize sleep deprivation and often pat ourselves on the back when we’re losing sleep, as though it is the ultimate badge of adulthood. Well, not only does sleep deprivation make you cranky, it does not help your work productivity at all. It is reported that you can lose up to 11 whole days of your year due to lack of sleep.
If you are working from home this season, creating the perfect work schedule may be quite hard, and balancing your sleep schedule may be even harder. That’s why we have curated 5 great hacks that can help you sleep better and improve your productivity.
- Try meditating: If you are new to remote work life, then you may likely be struggling with managing the anxiety and stress of not being in a work environment. Relaxing, meditating before sleeping can help your nerves calm down, and enhance your sleep.
- Watch only relaxing content before bed: Watching a horror/thriller movie before bed is a bad idea. Not only will it increase your heart rate and brain activity, but it may also leave you with some weird nightmares. Instead, watch a feel-good movie after a long day of work stress.
- Sleep early: Your body needs at least 6-8 hours of sleep to function properly. Try and fit all your activities into the day so you don’t have to work far into the night. Sleeping early will give your body and mind time to rejuvenate and increase your productivity the next day.
- Dress up for work: What do you think of when you see your pajamas? Sleep right? That’s exactly what your brain thinks too. Your body is used to a work routine, and probably has a hard time adjusting to this new arrangement. Instead of waking up, and working in pajamas, wear work clothes instead. You’ll trick your brain into believing you are actually heading for work, and it’ll help your body work faster and be more productive.
- Create a sleep schedule and stick to it: Go to bed every day at the same time for at least 21 days, until you get used to it. Sticking to a sleep schedule sends a message and registers the appropriate time to retire to bed. It is also important to change your mattress, pillows for more comfort.