I admit that getting a good night’s rest was never a high priority of mine. As the mother of a daughter, who needed to get to swim practice at 4:30 in the morning, I was often the designated driver to get her to that early morning practice. And I always seemed to function well on just a few hours of sleep. So it was not a problem. Or so I thought.
As I’ve aged out of my duties of driving my daughter to those early morning practices, I realize how much better I feel with more sleep. The experts such as Dr. David Niven, all say, “Don’t skimp on sleep! A full night’s rest is fuel for the following day. Rested people feel they work better.”
In fact, in 1998, research conducted on a group of workers from the Northeast saw a 3% increase in productivity on Tuesdays compared to the previous year. What changed? Monday Night Football came on an hour earlier in the second year and these workers were getting to bed earlier than they had in 1997.
Like time, sleep often seems like it is an endless resource, and we often give it over to TV, video games, or other mindless activity. Rather, we should set our intent on more sleep which leads to better productivity.