The Connection Between Virtual Offices, Sleep and Work ProductivitySleep. You may be planning to catch up on some of it during the holiday weekend. But you can better your sleep life—and your work productivity—all year long if you tap into virtual office space.
The Better Sleep Council is connecting a good night’s sleep with greater work productivity. It’s not an exact science, I suppose, but it makes sense. I know I’m far more productive when I am rested than when I pull an all-nighter, or even stay up late watching the news.
Here’s the rub: Virtual offices set the stage for a productivity boost in several ways. First, you can avoid all the distractions associated with the traditional office life. You know, the water cooler conversations, the loud chatter in the cubicle next to yours, and the commute to work. Virtual offices eliminate all of those distractions and help you get more done in less time.
Even if you do have to pull an all-nighter to meet client expectations once in a while—or if you have to work late every night one week to take advantage of the dead silence that comes in the dead of the night so you can meet your deadlines—working from a virtual office space gives you the freedom to catch up on lost sleep.
Virtual office space can help in your quest for work-life balance—and more sleep and better productivity. And here are five tips from the Better Sleep Council to improve your sleep and work productivity to boot:
1. Pay your sleep debt. Getting even 30 minutes less sleep than your body needs can lead to accumulated sleep debt, which has both short- and long-term consequences for health, mood and performance, both on and off the job. It’s important to schedule 8 hours of sleep each night (7.5 to 8.5 is optimal) and maintain a regular sleep and wake schedule, even on the weekend.
2. Performance evaluation. Though your mattress may not show physical signs of wear, it loses comfort and support over the years. It’s important to evaluate your mattress every five to seven years to ensure it still provides optimal comfort and support. Research shows that the age of a mattress directly impacts the quality of sleep.
3. Bedroom business. Use your bedroom for sleep and sex only. The bedroom should be an uncluttered environment that is relaxing, comfortable and conducive to sleep and relaxation. Keep work, computers and televisions out of the bedroom!
4. Kick the caffeine habit. Research shows that caffeine interferes with getting a restful night’s sleep and waking refreshed in the morning. Avoid tea, coffee and soft drinks close to bedtime.
5. Make the investment. You spend one-third of your life in bed. Be sure to invest in the best quality and most comfortable mattress you can afford to ensure a great night’s rest for a healthier, happier and more productive you.
Check out this YouTube video on how to get a good night of sleep: