What does it mean to be productive?
I asked this question in a Facebook group of entrepreneurs, and all the answers revolved around efficiency and “getting things done.” Nothing new, right? Thanks to books like The 4-Hour Workweek and a bajillion scheduling, time and task management apps available… productivity is kind of a big deal.
In fact, it might even be a national obsession.
We want to get more done in less time.
We want to achieve more (success/income/time) while spending less (energy/money/time).
The bottom line is that we are
I also asked the same group what time of day they felt most productive. Almost all of them said: morning.
This is also not super surprising. Morning is the classic “get things done” time. When we feel most fresh and have the least distraction.
But wait…what if there was an even more efficient time of day?
What if there was a whole block of purely productive time everyday? When the amount of “work” getting done far, FAR exceeded the amount of energy exerted?
My dear, sweet friend…there is!
It’s a little chunk of time called…sleep.
Why sleep is your most productive time of day
When your head hits the pillow, your energy output drops. You’re not moving or (really) thinking at all. The muscles, nervous system and brain relax and begin a deep sweep of your body, cleaning up all the accumulated debris of your day.
All the energy that’s usually spent on moving, doing and thinking is freed up to work on an impressive list of healing processes, like:
- repairing heart tissue
- secreting hormones
- rejuvenating skin cells
- detoxifying the blood
- restoring immune function
Every muscle, tissue, and cell in the body is repaired more quickly during sleep than at any other time of day.
Now THAT’s productive.
With the thinking mind turned “off,” sleep accomplishes a whole lot of mental and emotional healing too, such as:
- storing memories
- releasing emotions
- regulating mood
- building new neural pathways for learning and creativity
- integrating new habits
Can we agree that sleep is the most productive and the most important time of your day?
Sleep is absolutely critical for the health of your muscles, nerves, and brain. Sleep gives you the energy, alertness, and emotional balance to live your beautiful inspired life. Simply…Sleep makes you stronger, smarter, and healthier.
How to sleep better
Deep sleep is not always easy. In fact, poor or inconsistent sleep is one of the most common issues I hear from students and clients.
This is why, when I came back to the drawing board for re-vamping Jojoba’s Witness, I decided that sleep would be big on the priority list.
It’s also why I decided to create a free resource to help you improve the quality of your sleep. Yoga Nidra is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that draws your body into deep relaxation and can be extremely effective in curbing insomnia. It takes 15 minutes to practice and can be use to induce sleep, improve sleep, or make up for missed sleep.
See you in sleepy-town!
Love and slippers,
[Photo: Martin Gommel]