A study at Duke University concluded that 5 hours of sleep is required to withstand the effects of cognitive activity. If you’ve never thought there might be a connection between sleep patterns and current level of cognitive activity, know that a study just came out that showed that if you don’t get enough sleep, first thing in the morning your brain “overheats” causing a problem when you wake up.
Some studies say that the more cognitive activity that happens in the brain the more quickly it gets hammered with the day’s work, just as if you were rushing to get done. Obviously this can lead to a very individualized body exactly the opposite of what we’ve all become accustomed to.
When you find that you’re getting more and more cognitive work without the next day’s rest you have to question your ability to supply enough sleep. What has changed in your brain since the last time you did a particular activity? Is it something that needs to get done that you have not yet done or is it something you are avoiding? Is sleep the most important thing that is going to help you to do something, or is it something else?
We all have habits that are no longer productive. Here are five that work and can be modified to be optimal for you.
1. Schedule your work in the morning.
Do you find yourself rushing around wanting nothing more than to start the session that’s a sure sign that you are repeating an activity that you’ve already finished. A great way to avoid this is to get your work done first thing in the morning.
2. Get a good night’s sleep.
Getting a good night’s sleep can change your mind about what you want to do the next day. Getting up in the morning will help you to realize than you’re most productive during the mornings instead of afternoon.
3. Schedule your rest at the end of a work day.
Put things down over the weekend if you can. They will be ready when you start working again. This will act as an advantage of preparing to put your mind at rest.
4. Avoid waking up in the middle of the night.
This is very common when you are in a rush and your mind is always running ahead and you wake up too soon. Try to get a good night’s sleep and get just enough to set up what you’re going to do in the next day.
5. Keep your body hydrated.
This is especially important in the summer because the body is not as hydrated as it is in the winter due to excessive sweat. Drink plenty of water, including regular and whole fruits. It works really well so make sure you have the proper nutrients and hydration.
Here are some extra work techniques that will keep you going on the road to productivity when your grabbing for newer virtues. Work as often as possible and go to bed to recover. Take a break every so often and put something relaxing on, like instrumental music. And take your rest time in a quiet place.
I hope that these tips will help you to let go and be in command. Please let me know when you find your work flowing so you are ready to make the changes that are required.