It’s not exactly news that you should turn off your screen before bed to get better sleep. New research has shown, however, that not only could putting the phone down help you get better sleep, but ignoring that email from your boss at night could make you more productive in the morning.
When you write about the way people work for a living, it affects the way you work. Having written hundreds of posts about productivity, it’s started to pervade my life: I go analogue when I need to concentrate, I follow coffee meeting protocols, and I’m literally squatting at my desk as I write these words.
Sleep is serious business, and you’ll find a lot of different ways to improve it with tracking gadgets or special alarm clocks. Instructables user derwassi wanted to combine a bunch of these ideas into one and built a sunrise alarm clock that also tracks your sleep.
You can experience many different kinds of sleep problems, including premature waking, problems falling asleep and restless sleep in general. It’s tempting to look for causes to these problems, but it’s possible that whatever triggered the issue no longer exists and now you’re conditioned to poor-quality sleep.
Caffeine is a wonderful tool to combat our natural energy swings during the day. However, we get less and less of the cognitive benefits of drinking coffee over time, thanks to caffeine tolerance. One strategy for maximum focus is to switch up your coffee routine and combine it with the restorative powers of a nap.
Hey Lifehacker, What would be the best way to ensure I stay awake when driving home from work each day? I have a 40-50 minute drive home every day, and it’s become so straightforward that I find my eyes closing. It’s not that I don’t get enough sleep the night before (I get at least 7 hours every night), it’s just that the drive is so habitual now that my brain seems to just ‘check out’.
I could never find a bed I liked until I purchased a memory foam mattress. I went ahead and got a pillow, too, for better neck support. Memory foam comes with one major downside in the summer, however: it retains heat. Technogel solved that problem with a gel layer that keeps your head cool at night.