CAREER / 12 June 2017
Sleep and its Effects on Productivity
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Frank Apodaca

It is common knowledge that people who feel sleepy and sluggish during the day are not likely to be very productive. They will spend their days yawning instead of achieving the goals that they have set out for themselves. It is so important to ensure that you are getting a good night’s sleep every night, otherwise, you will start to lose productivity. As well, this sluggish feeling will mean that you will have trouble with job interviews. You will not be as alert or aware as you could have been, and therefore your interview performance will suffer. There are a few good methods for making sure that you sleep soundly through the night. We will be going over some of the more popular ones in the article below.

 

Get a Good Mattress

When you are looking for a mattress, make sure that good quality is on your list of must-haves. A good mattress will provide you with support, which will help with your posture and physical health. Memory foam mattresses are also good because they are very comfortable and they conform to the shape of your body. Memory foam disperses your body weight so that there is not as much pressure being put on certain joints. Your back, in particular, will benefit, and it will be easier for you to sleep through the night. The mattress that is best for you will not necessarily be the same as someone else’s. You will need to do some research to find the mattress that suits your needs the best. Consult an expert to find out more about the different properties that mattresses have to offer you.

 

Eat Healthier

Many people around the world are frustrated because they are unable to sleep properly at night. They are unaware of what might be causing this. Scientists have found that a person’s diet can affect the quality of sleep they are getting at night. Caffeine is the most well-known supplement that causes people to stay awake longer. Consuming too much caffeine will definitely have a negative impact on your sleep patterns. A drink that is high in caffeine is coffee, and a food would be chocolate. Spicy and acidic foods are also not recommended because they are more likely to cause heartburn. Heartburn can keep you awake at night, and prevent you from falling into a deep sleep. Sticking to a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is your best bet to having a restful night. Also, try to avoid eating too close to the time when you go to bed. This can cause indigestion and is another reason that people do not get a proper rest.

 

Turn off Your Electronics

It is now common for people to sleep with their cell phones plugged in beside them. This makes it easier for the person to reach over and check social media if they are having trouble falling asleep. However, this is not a good way to get a good night’s sleep. Being exposed to the light of our electronics means that our minds are not getting a chance to wind down. We will see the light and automatically start to become ready for the new day, even if it is still the middle of the night. Powering off all the electronics in the bedroom is a good way to tune out from the virtual world. If you use your cell phone as an alarm, it might be a good idea to invest in an alarm clock. This will not distract you as much as a cell phone would have. Give your body a chance to rest and relax before you drift off to sleep. You will wake up more energized than if you had been looking at your phone during the night.  

 

Get a Mattress Protector

Insomnia can sometimes be caused by allergies that flare up during the night. Allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and dead skin can build up in your mattress, and cause you to sneeze all night. This can be very annoying, especially if you try your best to keep your mattress clean. A solution to this would be to add a protector on your mattress. This will encase the mattress, and prevent allergens from bothering you while you sleep. Mattress protectors also prevent bedbugs from crawling up, so that is an added bonus! They are very affordable and can be used in combination with an expensive mattress. This way, you will get the good quality mattress as well as a way to protect it and keep it clean.

 

Make a Regular Sleep Schedule

Your body will respond well to routine. Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every morning. The optimal time for sleeping is approximately 10 pm. Getting a full eight hours of sleep would mean that the optimal time for waking up is at 6 am. Try to stick to these guidelines as much as possible. Your body will get used to the change, and you will not feel the effects of a lack of sleep. Avoid sleeping in too much on the weekends, as this will disrupt the careful routine that you have been building up.

 

If you are invited to a job interview, you will want your performance to be the best that it can possibly be. This means that you will need to prepare for the interview, and make sure that you get a good sleep the night before. You will be full of energy and ready to take on the world. The interviewer will notice the difference in you, as you will show more enthusiasm and drive. Good sleep is one of the factors that result in good productivity and better work performance. Employers know this, and therefore it is a good idea to improve your quality of sleep as much as possible. So, go get rested up, and be ready to ace that interview!