Sleep like Marissa Mayer?
Former Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer and former Google employee, now co-founder of KI's Lumi Labs, is told she only needs four hours of sleep per night. But if she sleeps less, it will be quite critical one of her former colleagues is quoted:
"I met her at dinner in New York; she was literally falling asleep in her soup. She said, 'Normally, I can not get by on 4 hours of sleep a night, and I thought I could get by on 3. But I can not. "
4 hours of sleep a night - is that enough?
Various German scientists have reported that they only slept four hours a night, or just two hours a week, and forcibly kept awake with tricks like cold water or a block of wood on their legs to do their workload.
Personally, I do not care about such tricks: when I'm tired I want to sleep. This is also because I'm not a good sleeper: Especially when I'm sitting on a longer-term project, I'm often awake in the morning before dawn and then have the rest of the day an extremely high adrenaline levels. This is only good for a few days.
Permanently little sleep in the self-test
Some time ago I was in Western Canada for two weeks. That means 8 hours time shift in Alberta or 9 hours in British Columbia. For me the first time that I was exposed to such a long period of such a time lag.
In my experience, 5 or 6 hours are good for me to digest. Anything beyond that gets stressful. In addition, I was not there for vacation; This also means all sorts of appointments during the day. Result: For two weeks, I had a greatly reduced sleep rate of no more than 4-5 hours per night.
6 tips for productivity despite little sleep
What does it do with the body and productivity? And how can you be productive, even though you did not sleep well? 6 tips that came out of my self-observations.
- Problems with the sleep rhythm: There are many tips against insomnia. One of them: a regular sleep rhythm. And that's what killed me in Canada. Because, of course, my body reported in the middle of the night, although every day a little later: "get up".
- Movement helps: Sport actually helps. Not just at bedtime but also when falling asleep again. So I went jogging around 3 in Banff at night. But when I was warned about stray pumas, I let it go.
- Insomnia initially makes you more productive: What I liked in the beginning was that I actually got more done. I had more hours each working day 4 or 5 hours, in which I could devote myself to my communication, before my actual day's work began in Canada. Disadvantage: Of course it also makes you much more tired.
- eMails work off in one fell swoop: Really that was mine eMails could almost immediately work through in one fell swoop. When I woke up in the morning to 4 or 5, then it was already afternoon in Germany and the first eMailStorm over. And all eMailOne day, I suddenly found it more practical than drop by drop.
- The fatigue increases: Despite the increased adrenaline levels, I became more and more tired with each passing day. So against 4 in the afternoon, so midnight of our time, my eyes started to tears regularly. And there was a certain amount of basic tiredness.
- Stress and irritability increase: After a few days of sleep reduction, I also felt much more irritable and prone to stress. I was more nervous than normal. And I started to look forward to the home and the usual sleeping patterns.
Little sleep in the self-test - Conclusion:
Such a radical change of the sleep-wake-rhythm is for me personally the pure stress. If it can be avoided, I will not do it so soon. Of course, there are many tips against jetlag:
For example, to force oneself to live the time locally. Unfortunately, this only worked with me to a limited extent. Fresh air, sun and movement, on the other hand, help to adjust the melatonin level. However, sleep deprivation has advantages for productivity. Whether this is healthy and how it looks with the productivity for a longer period, is another matter.
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