Sleep and Productivity: A Winning Proportion

20 May. 2011 General

Sleep and productivity are directly proportional!

A nostalgic journey back in time, Once upon a time during my good old college days, Rajiv Gandhi was an iconic personality visible almost everywhere, television, newspapers, radio. He could be easily spotted either addressing a meeting or the nation. I always wondered, if I were to achieve such fame and spotlight, I obviously will have to put a lot of hard work, more than my college mates, my colleagues, and my friends, more than any other individual, as there was and there will always be very small room at the top.

We all have 24 hours in a day; I always thought of working few more hours to stay ahead of the competition. The only way to put those extra hours was by reducing the time I relax whilst I sleep. In fact, I did try practicing to sleep for 5 hours a day, but could not continue that habit. Practically it brutally attacked my productivity levels in office.

Over the years, I have had a stark observation; Monday is by far the least productive day in the week for the teams in general. I see two major reasons:

  1. People travel to their home on weekends. They travel on Sunday night to be at work on Monday. Though they generally travel through comfortable mediums, nothing can supersede the comfort of a calm night’s sleep at home. The outcome; they are found wanting on energy levels, productivity fails to touch the 100% mark, fatigue and lethargy looms large.
  2. More often than not, some people sleep for the whole weekends, no work; minimal activity schedule. If they are asked about limitless sleeping the common reason they support is that they are catching up sleep of the past 5 days. This analogy is similar to, one person not having food for 2 days aims at compensating for it by trying to have all at once. Does this work? No! It simply cannot! There’s a method and a process to everything. As we have to eat food on a regular basis, so do we need to have sleep on a regular basis. Additionally as quality and nutritious food is required, so does a sound sleep.

Sleep is an important part of our daily life. Our body needs rest to recharge itself. Sleeping gives the body that needed energy and reorganization of thoughts and physical functions. While we rest and sleep, our body cleanses, repairs, heals, replenishes and rejuvenates itself. Our body gets revived, the tissues of our brain get restored, new information and memories are stored, and our nerves get recharged.

Now I have made a habit of sleeping 7- 8 hours on daily basis. With sufficient sleep, I feel better, I work with more focus, and I manage my emotions better, which is good for everyone around me. I recommend the same for you too, give it a try and surely you’ll realize the difference.

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