We all have problems being productive.
Whether it be with daily tasks or responsibilities at work. Some days it’s just flat out hard to be effective.
Missed deadlines, making mistakes at work, forgetting important information.
Sound familiar? To millions around the world it does, and that’s OK. While there are a variety of methods to boost productivity; apps, planners and widgets to name a few, there’s one tool that many people choose to neglect.
It’s proven that people who sleep better have better productivity. Just ask any of the most successful people in the world, and they’ll tell you their fueled by good sleep.
Here are the top seven sleep habits that the majority of successful people follow on a daily basis.
1. Lights Out By 1 am (At The Latest)
Based on the sleeping habits of 21 successful people, from Elon Musk to Barack Obama, an astonishing 95% hit the hay before 1 am.
2. Early Bird Gets The Worm! (Up By 7 am)
According to Home Arena, 90% of successful people are awake and beginning their morning routines by 7 am.
Yep. We get it. 7 is early.
It’s always a challenge starting your day with the sunrise. However, it’s proven that starting early leads to a happier and more productive day overall.
Some of the top CEO’s in the world, such as Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi, start their “day” at the ripe time of 4am.
3. 6 Hours A Night, At Least
If you’re not getting a minimum of 6 hours of shuteye a night, you’re more likely to feel groggy and without energy for more than half the day.
Elon Musk makes it a priority to get a minimum of 6 hours a night, while power snoozers like Jeff Bezos register at least 7.
4. Discipline, Discipline, Discipline
What do the most successful people in the world have in common? Besides from well, being successful?
They have a superb level of self-discipline. Whether it be for their careers, personal life, and yes, sleep!
5. A Morning Routine
With some googling, you’ll find hundreds of articles explaining the morning routines of successful people.
Many include exercise, meditation, and a few hours without even touching their cell phone.
Why should you have one?
A good morning routine develops consistency and ideal sleep habits.
It starts your morning off on the right foot, so you’re energized and ready before you even have your first cup of coffee.
6. AND an Evening Routine
Having an established night time routine is just as, if not more important as sticking to a morning one.
Just like morning routines, they differ from person to person. Whether that includes taking a relaxing bath or reading a book, figure out what works for you, and stick with it.
7. Successful People Understand The Importance of Sleep!
It’s easy to neglect sleep.
When you’re consumed by your passion or job, banging out a few more hours of work can seem more important than getting a few extra hours of sleep.
No matter how busy or hectic your schedule may get (Just take a look at Elon Musk’s insane schedule!), keeping good sleeping habits will benefit your life in ways that few else things can.
Now that you know the methods and strategies that effective people use to get more out of their sleep, it’s time to apply them to your own life.
Here are some simple tips from the National Sleep Foundation that you can try tonight to start getting the sleep you deserve. Your body and mind will thank you.
- Avoid taking naps throughout the day
- Keep your bedroom cool (optimal temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees)
- Exercise daily for at least 15–20 minutes
- Put away your cell phone and other technology at least an hour before going to bed (Try reading instead)
- Practice a relaxing bedtime routine
- Make sure your mattress and pillows are new and comfortable
- Using trusted sleep products (not medications)
Start Fueling Your Productivity With Better Sleep
The most successful people in the world are fueled by effective sleep. Understanding the importance of good sleep is crucial in creating habits and schedules that will positively impact your life.
From creating and sticking to morning and night routines, to keeping a relaxing environment and turning off the tech, there are loads of ways you can start sleeping like the pros and reap all the benefits.