Sleep is essential to keep a healthy body. Sleep and Productivity are well connected each other.
In this massive roundup post, various experts share their sleep and productivity secrets.
130+ online experts from various fields from around the world share their experiences.
The time required or allotted for sleep is most of the time insufficient! There are only 24 hours in a day! Yes, There are only 24 hours in a day!
Yes, it’s a universal fact! And nobody can deny it!
In fact, nobody can add an extra minute or even a second to it or delete it!
For some people, especially bloggers, writers or even many others, this is indeed a sad news!
I mean, the hours allotted in a day is not sufficient to fulfill most of their day job!
For some people, especially bloggers, writers or even many others, this is indeed a sad news!
Yes, the hours allotted in an hour is not sufficient to fulfill most of their day job!
In fact, nobody can add an extra minute or even a second to it or delete it!
For some people, especially bloggers, writers or even many others, this is indeed a sad news!
I mean, the hours allotted in an hour is not sufficient to fulfill most of their day job! In this roundup post titled, ‘130+ Experts Reveals Their Secrets On Sleep and Productivity.
The contributors’ are from many different countries and speak about sleep and its effects on their productivity.
The 24 hours in a day is not sufficient to do many of our activities!
Yes, I am sure this is not only the problem with bloggers, but it’s a problem with many of the busybodies in different fields! Anyways, that is not the subject of this post at the same time it is very much related to it.
Anyways, that is not the subject of this post at the same time it is very much related too.
The latest studies reveal that students who get up at 5 in the morning, or even earlier, can help you get more quality work done in less time. I am sure this is very well going with adults too!
I asked the following questions to some of the busybodies in the world of internet, especially to the blogging experts and entrepreneurs from around the world.
How does sleep or lack of it, influence your productivity? And what is the best time you use for your writings?
The reply I received from them is really amazing! And am glad to share that with my fellow bloggers here. The most notable point here is, though they are all super busy, they still keep a solid time for rest, I mean for sleeping.
I am sure my fellow bloggers/writers and other readers can pick up some time schedule and emulate it in their life from these expert’s life experiences!
Before getting into the responses I would like to share my take here:
“Yes, sleep is essential to our body or its the part and parcel of our daily life, the surveys or reports says that an average person needs a minimum of 8 hours sleep to lead a healthy life.
When I thought of the subject ‘sleep’ I thought about myself and the first thing that came to my mind is the words of one of my Company Director’s, he said: “Getting up early in the morning is a good sign of healthy life and one needs to get up early by 4 O’ clock in the morning and start the day. It is the quietest and the best time to start off, and that leads you to a productive day!” No doubt that was indeed a great suggestion and I started following that from the very next day! Note: before that, I was a night owl! In the initial days, I followed this instruction very religiously and I could find a lot of difference in my daily life which I cannot explain it in words. In short, the energy we get in the early hours of the day is really pleasant and cool. But sad to say, as the days passed by and when I started my blogging journey my lifestyle totally changed and the situation made me again to a night owl! And now I count my productive time in the wee hours of the night. Of course, even then, I tried to get a minimum of 6 to 7 hours sleep in a day. But sometimes I feel that it is not sufficient and I take brief naps in between. Yes, the lost sleep will surely affect our productivity and sometimes that leads everything to a haphazard way. I fully agree that sleep and productivity are closely knit together.
My best time for writing is in the quiet time of the nights, most of my poems, and songs I wrote in the wee hours of the night. Though sometimes, as someone said “We do not know when the inspiration flows in or ideas flow in” yes, in such situation, I jot down the points in an available paper or in a notebook, but these days notebooks and papers are in a stage of extinction, and electronic gadgets have occupied their positions, and I jot down such emergency thoughts on my smartphone apps like Evernote etc.”
Yes, each one follows a different style or pattern in their sleep and productivity schedule.
As I mentioned each one has a different style and time schedule. And most of them noted that the lack of sleep had a great influence on their productivity.
I am so glad to present an intro written in this regard by the expert blogger, CEO and Managing Director of PAC Affiliate Club Lesly Federici. Read on:
“I have never been in a “Roundup” before. I’ve seen what Philip has presented in previous roundups and I enjoyed them. I really enjoyed seeing so many entrepreneurs and bloggers sharing their tips, knowledge, and experiences.
So, when Philip asked if I would participate in this roundup, I accepted. I’ve been secretly anticipating this roundup going live, reading what other’s have to share and being a part of it. And here it is …
Thank you, Philip, for a great opportunity to share and learn from others. I’m sure it takes a lot of your time to organize a roundup – I appreciate your commitment to connecting and promoting your roundup guests. Thank you for inviting me – you have a heart of gold. “
Lesly Federici RN Lesly Federici RN CEO/Power Affiliate Club
Thank you, Lesly, for the kind words, it means a lot to me and I appreciate your valuable presence here on my page in connection with this roundup post.
We once again express our heartfelt thanks to one and all for the kind responses extended to my invite to join me in this roundup post. We appreciate it. Keep up the good work! Keep going with your activities, and Ha, of course with enough rest or sleep! :-)
We also invite our esteemed reader’s suggestions, experiences, opinion on this wonderful subject. Please air your views, feedback in the comment box below.
Please air your views, feedback in the comment box below.
Thanks for your valuable time.
Yes. “The Time is so precious, we all know that!
So without much ado, let us check how my fellow beings allow their time for the day’s activities!
Here we go…
Also, please read some of the related posts in this regard given at the bottom of this post:
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Philip Verghese ‘Ariel’
PS: At the end of this post there is a link given, You can check your Sleeping Time by using your Twitter handle.
I love to sleep. I love to be awake. Two different worlds experienced in a 24 hour period. One can not function without the other and yet so many have challenges balancing their days to get enough sleep.
We all have 24 hours in a day. How we decide to use them is always a great discussion. But here’s what works for me and I’ll also answer the question about being productive and how sleep or lack of it can influence it.
I absolutely must have a minimum of 6 hours of sleep every night. I do try for 8! If I get 7 hours, I’m happy. Six or fewer hours of sleep makes me wake up groggy and I’m not as clear headed in the morning and feel like pulling the covers over my head to fall back to sleep. But I must get up because I go to the gym for a morning swim and weightlifting to start my day just about every day at 7:00 AM.
Sleep for me is being able to enter another realm of my existence. Often I use it as a tool to solve problems or get ideas. Sometimes I’ll ask a question before I sleep and at times, I’ll dream the answer in symbolic dreams.
For Example, when I was in Nursing school I was very insecure about treating patients and working with doctors. I kept having dreams of making mistakes, being yelled at, etc. The more secure I got with my training the less upsetting the dreams were and they got to a point where they reflected my new found confidence as a professional Nurse.
Dreams are valuable and informative. They are not spooky – they just reflect what’s going on in your life and can be a great source of comfort, healing, and guidance. That’s how I view my sleeping experience.
When it comes to productivity, lack of sleep will kill most of my motivation or inspiration because I’ll just want to slow down and curl up and nap. So getting my 7 hours of sleep daily is the best.
Productivity is a commitment of sorts too. And I think how one uses their time during the day can impact productivity. So if I’m distracted by surfing the internet and groggy from a lack of sleep – heck my day is pretty unproductive. However, I use an egg timer to keep me on track. I set it on an hourly basis and I am always amazed at how much I get done! Why? Because I’m focused on one task at a time.
Everyone is different in finding their own sleep/wake balance. Sleep is vital not only for productivity but for overall good health as well. Sleep and productivity go hand in hand! :-)
~ Lesly Federici ~ LeslyFederici
I always try to rest at least 8 hours, because I know that a lack of sleep may influence my productivity.In the case of fatigue during the day, I have a special weapon: power naps.
A short sleep, lasting 20-30 mins, restores my mental alertness and replenish my energy, so to complete all my work and commitments during the day.
My best productivity time is the morning. I find working in front of a computer a valid reason to stay fit. I do exercise every day. It can be a gym workout, a walk or some jogging. Even skydiving during the weekends helps me stay fit!
~ Erik Emanuelli ~ NoPassiveIncome
This is the topic I am an expert in…maybe even the expert! At the best of times, I have always had difficulty sleeping. But the past few months I’ve been working onsite at a client’s offices off in the big city, which has meant that my time for family, running the business and serving other clients has often kept me up late.
As it happens, yesterday was my daughters’ singing classes. Each one has an hour. And my wife had to stay late at her office. By the time I had picked her up and gotten home, it was 10:30. Then we had to work on taxes past midnight because she was heading out of town. So at this moment, I am pretty fatigued.
How this affects my work can be described in one word: concentration. I have had to put off some brainstorming for a client because I just cannot concentrate well enough to him justice. And the client deserves nothing but the best!
Ironically, when I wrote about the ‘health risks faced by writers’, fatigue was not one of them. I mentioned sitting too much, eye strain, headaches, backache, repetitive strain injury, overeating, and depression, but somehow I left out too little sleep. In a few minutes, I’m heading to bed – a little earlier than usual. :-)
~David Leonhardt ~ THGMwriters
First, let me say, that I am awesome at sleep.
It’s one of my best skills.
My head hits the pillow — and boom! — I am out for the count in seconds until my alarm goes, however, many hours later.
That said, I don’t always sleep as much as I should.
It isn’t because of blogging… my blogging is a secondary activity. My primary focus — as always — is on freelancing… running an online, service-based business.
In the early days, when I did longer hours for less money, it was quite common to sleep only 3-6 hours a night. Sometimes less. I’d try to “catch up” one day a week, but I was rarely successful. I can’t say it hurt my productivity any. I certainly got a lot done. But it wasn’t sustainable, and I often found myself stressed, with a headache, and limited patience. My mental health was affected more than anything.
The key, back then, was to do my writing first thing in the morning when I had the most energy for the day. Still, to this day, I do my best writing first thing in the morning. Then again, I work far fewer hours these days. I have better clients. I earn more. I have paid help. I don’t do it all on my own, so it’s pretty rare that I don’t get a full 7-8 hour of sleep each night.
Lack of sleep affects productivity to a greater extent because when you are feeling sleepy or didn’t sleep well last time, concentrating on the work is almost impossible. I have faced such situation many times in which I had to do some urgent work which was supposed to be completed by that time, and my eyes were not opening due to lack of sleep. I used to try a cup of tea to stay awake and complete the work, but to be honest; I was never got successful and ended up leaving that work in the middle.
Nowadays, I have changed the way of my working. When I feel sleepy, I don’t do any work and prefer to sleep because once I complete my sleep, I can work with more concentration and better productiveness. If I have not completed my sleep, I find tough to work. Even if I do some work with sleepy eyes, there is nothing like productivity. The work is done in an untidy manner which I don’t like so better I complete my sleep first and then work.
I work from home, so I have freedom to fix my schedule of work. I mostly work at night from 10 PM to 3 AM. In this period, I use to do the tasks that need more concentration such as writing, keyword research, backlink analysis, etc.
In the daytime, I work from 1 PM to 6 PM mostly. In this period, I check my emails, talk to clients, research, reading, and other tasks that need comparatively less concentration.
I would suggest everyone not to compromise with sleep because without proper sleep you cannot work well and there will be nothing like productivity.
Apart from all this, lack of sleep has many health dangers. So better, take a sleep of 7-8 hours and stay fit.
~ Atish Ranjan ~ TechTricksWorld
Having been in the online marketing space for 20 years now, I’ve made a lot of adjustments to my work schedule over the years. When I first started out, I was just a kid in high school and worked after class and into the night. Later on, I worked later in the day and throughout the night. These days I now work throughout the day and rarely into the night.
Point being… everyone has their own schedule for what works best. In terms of writing, I would have to say it’s all about “being in the zone”. Sometimes you feel like writing content, and other times you don’t. Those times that you are in the zone, you can pump out some great work in a short period of time!
Whether it’s writing content or working on ad campaigns, I would say that a lack of sleep is something you wouldn’t want to be trying to do your best work on. I don’t have a specific time that works best for me, but I do try and break the day up with different activities like walking my dog or playing basketball to keep the motivation and creativity flowing. Sitting in front of the computer for too long of a time can really put a drag on productivity.
“Trying to be productive with the lack of sleep is like trying to jump on one leg in a straight line while fat leprechauns are trying to head-butt you.
In other words, getting enough sleep is VERY important regarding your productivity.
Studies have shown that the majority of people are the most productive the 2 first hours after they get out of bed. Those two hours are called The 2 Golden Hours. However, some people are more productive during the evening, while other at night.
The point is finding out when YOU are the most productive, and then block out those two hours for your most income generating tasks (read: writing) for your business.
I work on my most income generating tasks every single day from 8-11.30 am.
Being productive is what helped me to get featured on 158 blogs in my first 14 months of blogging.”
~ Tor Refsland ~ TheTimeManagementChef
I had insomnia for many years. This issue was caused by stress and the sedentary lifestyle that I had been living. My sleep has started to improve a lot in the last few months because I started to have more confidence in myself and took more action in solving my problems, not just complaining about them. I used to spend every night lying in my bed for 2 hours, trying and hoping to fall asleep. I now sleep 8 hours a night, from 12 pm to 8 am.
I don’t work at night because I can’t focus well and I don’t feel productive. I prefer to wake up early in the morning with a clear mind and work on my projects.
Here are a few tips you must follow if you want to improve your productivity:
- Have a regular sleeping pattern of 6-8 hours per night
- Eliminate the stress by taking action towards fixing your problems
- Play sports
- Have a healthy diet (eat lots of fruits and vegetables, don’t smoke, don’t eat junk food and don’t drink alcohol)
- Figure out which time of the day you are most efficient
- Focus only on the daily tasks that you need to do and don’t let other concerns distract you.
~ Minuca Elena ~ MinucaElena
“When I Write any content, I look for a peaceful place and I think night is the best time to sleep as well as write content because no one is there to disturb you, No phone calls or no sounds at night so it the best time for me to write content. And surely the lack of sleep sometimes affects my productivity too. In short ‘sleep and productivity’ are a vast subject to discuss with. I take care of my health properly, whenever I sleep late in the night and then woke late in the morning and do all my physical exercises in the evening. I mean for a blogger it is more important to do exercise regularly for about an hour. Sitting day and night will affect the health.
So, I have made a schedule for doing different things at a different time, like Doing blog commenting and promoting the blog in the day time and writing content in the night when no one disturbs.”
~ Robin Khokhar ~ TrickyEnough
“I’m actually able to function quite well with minimum sleep, however according to my Fit Bit, I do average around 7 hours sleep per night. I’m usually exhausted and mentally drained by the evenings. Running an online business and taking care of a family is pretty exhausting stuff.
I’m at my most productive from the moment I step into my home office in the mornings, after some serious coffee fix. Before I take a care of anything else in my business, I focus on blog writing. So from 9 am to around 1 pm, I’m just writing and doing nothing else.
I keep to that routine and it works wonders for me. My mind is fresh and alert, I can focus without procrastinating. I know I’m creating something of quality and not something half-baked because I’m too tired or have too many distractions to write.”
No Doubt, Sleep is essential for a healthy life. If I am not getting enough sleep, that means a minimum of 7 hours in the night the next day will be horrible and that will surely be a less productive day. That day, I can’t fully concentrate on the things I do, and make mistakes. So in most of the time, I keep this in mind and try to get enough sleep in the night. By any chance, if I miss that measure, I will try to compensate that with a quick cat nap in between. :-)
Yes, I can very well say that these cat naps are really a wonderful medicine! LOL
Yes, in nutshell ‘a minus sleep will surely bring out a minus productivity’! Yes, sleep and productivity are much related.
Coming to the second question, there is no fixed time as such, but whenever the idea comes in I jot it down on a piece of paper and later transfer it to the computer in the word format, though this is the case, often I make this into a shape in the early hours of the day say in between 4 AM to 5 or maximum of 6. ~ Ann Phil Verghese ~ AnnIsBlogging
Less sleep does not mean simply how short your sleep is. It equally means how uncomfortable or stressful sleep you take. A very deep and comfortable sleep of four to five hours is better than seven to eight hours sleep with a few breaks into it with the lack of comfort on your bed, body or mind.
So instead of lengthening the sleep hours it is better to comfort your sleep by taking proper diet on proper time, doing exercise or walk and thinking positive and doing more and better.
Yes, less sleep does affect our productivity but instead of worrying about it, we need to correct the basic fault that lies in taking an uncomfortable sleep. I pointed above how we can make our short sleep better than the one taken for quite long hours.
I do most of the productive work early in the morning but for doing this my age factor equally counts a lot. Usually, people above 40 gets so punctual of going to bed and rising from the bed but for teenagers, it is quite difficult to adopt a proper schedule because they equally have to enjoy more than an aging person.
So the best time for doing any productive work is after taking a very comfortable and deep sleep. It could be any time in the morning, evening or in late hours. Yes for doing any productive work never forget to do its homework before taking the sleep and you would see its miraculous impact while doing that work. ~ Mi Muba ~ BeAMoneyblogger
Luckily I work from home, so I have a bed near my studio. I start my day at 3 am
, a little private time to meditate and then straight into writing by 4 am
. My mind is always fresh early in the morning, brimming with ideas. At about noon
, I hit a creative wall and my mind becomes foggy–so I take a nap for 30-90 minutes. When I wake up, I have new ideas and energy to continue on until evening.
So how does sleep influence my productivity? It’s my recharging process to assist my health AND my ideas!
Lack of sleep is a big reason I have some days that I just feel blah, sluggish and unmotivated.
Plus getting the right amount of sleep for me keeps me happier and in a positive mindset that helps me write content, blog posts easier and at a higher level.
For me, mornings are best, everything is quiet, outside is quiet, I’m fresh and ready to start the day. All this helps me stay focused and to think clearer, which helps be more creative when I write.
~ John Paul ~ JohnPaulaguir
Sleep is essential for productivity. Lack of sleep reduces your creativity, focus, and your productivity. The best writing times for me are early in the morning when there are no distractions. I sit down with a cup of coffee and I find that’s when I write some of my best stuff in the least amount of time.
~ Syed Balkhi ~ Optinmonster
When you are deprived of sleep, your mind and body may not function at its best as proper sleep is essential for the normal metabolisms of your body in general. If you don’t have the necessary amount of sleep that is needed for a day, definitely, it will lead you to have a very less productive next day until you find time to cover up for the lost sleep. In my opinion, it is always better to maintain a proper schedule for sleeping in a way that it does not affect your productivity negatively. Keep in mind that lack of proper amount of sleep for the longer duration of time may lead you to many illnesses.
Regarding the second part of the question, I never felt any particular time is better for me to write. For me, I can write at any time of the day provided there is no loud noise disturbing me and the mind is not wandering somewhere. Frankly speaking, I choose my time for writing depending upon the amount of work that needs to be finished in a day. So, in effect, I try to choose any time that is available for me to write. No matter morning, evening, night or midnight. ~Reji Stephenson ~ DigitalDimensions4You
When I was starting out, I used to sleep quite late. In fact, with the numerous thing to learn, at times I sacrificed my sleep. I remember the days when by the mid-noon
, due to lack of sleep I started slurring.
It’s really fun to work in the night as there is no disturbance & you can work on one thing for a longer period without distraction. This kind of work schedule worked out for me for years but eventually this made me lose a lot of stuff. Such as:
- Being social
- Skipping the meals
- Health was deteriorating
Eventually, I realized working in the night may look good but on an average, my productivity was down. It’s been about one & half years, I have become a morning person.
Usually, I write either in the morning until 11 A.M or between 4-7 P.M. Now, I have made a habit of putting my phone on airplane mode when I’m writing.
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination & hard work. With a 9 hrs daily job, I manage to work extra 6-7 hrs for my tech news blog – Elkees Media and ElkeesDeals.com. It’s not an easy task for me but I am compromising with my health because I look for the best future of my site.
In the past few months, I had to change my sleeping schedule because I really need to more focus on fresh & quality contents for my site. Now the challenge is to finish my all works (job, blogging & other works) in 24 hrs with a good sleep of around 8 hrs. I love to write posts with a cup of coffee every morning, this time best suits me. First I read tech news on Huffingtonpost & TechCrunch. It motivates me to do lots more for my blog.
~ Lalit Kumar Sharma ~ ElkeesMedia.com
My time is managed by a few things.
- I create a to-do list of items that is hand-written and always stays with my computer. This lets me know what I have to accomplish.
- I have opened time that never changes on my calendar (I’m starting to use calend .ly as well). I only have work calls during these times to ensure I can accomplish my written to-do list.
- I take a break each day to work out or go outside. By ensuring I step away from my computer I can regain focus and re-energize to accomplish what I needed to that day.
By avoiding distractions and sticking to when I can have meetings, I rarely miss a deadline. ~~ Adam Riemer ~ AdamRiemer
Time, space and quietness are some vital needs for a writer. Happy the writer who is blessed with a free access to these! But most of us, I guess, have to struggle to find them.
For me, the best time to write is late in the night, after the day’s works are done, when the TV is off and the family has gone to bed. I’m then free to concentrate on the stuff I’m writing. I may sit till the wee hours of the morning.
But then, one has to get up when the alarm goes off and get on with the new day. You’re so groggy with sleep deficiency you go about like a zombie. So that badly affects your productivity and efficiency. Well, who ever said ours is an ideal world?
~ Malsawmi Jacob ~ EmyStoryLand