While some people are extremely comfortable with being early risers, and they feel they’re much more productive if they wake up early in the morning, for others, the mere idea of being up at 7 am is something close to a myth. If you’re a late sleeper, and everybody keeps telling you that if you want to accomplish more throughout the day you can’t sleep in as much, we’re here to tell you this is not true. People who sleep until later in the day can also be productive. Here are 4 tips to help you get things done even as a late sleeper.
Try to eat things that are full of nutrients and vitamins, and get that energy boost that’s going to help you get through the day.
The Late Sleeper’s Guide to Being Productive: 4 Tips
1. Don’t Sleep for too Long
While this may sound like we’re contradicting ourselves, bear with us while we explain what we mean by this. There’s nothing wrong with waking up later if you get the perfect amount of sleep that makes you feel rested, relaxed, and ready to get to work. However, sleeping too much – more than your body needs – can be counterproductive. It can make you feel lethargic and moody, and mess with your productivity. Which is why we only recommend waking up late if you also go to bed late and if you don’t sleep much more than you need to.
2. Have a Nutritious Meal
Most people’s first instinct when they wake up is to drink a delicious cup of coffee. While coffee can definitely help you start your day with some energy, we recommend taking the time to eat properly before getting to work. Our bodies and brains need fuel in order to accomplish tasks. This fuel comes mostly from food. Especially if you wake up late, you’re allowed to “cheat” and replace breakfast food with lunch food. Try to eat things that are full of nutrients and vitamins, and get that energy boost that’s going to help you get through the day.
Sometimes, when you wake up late, you tend to feel a little bit more lethargic than usual. If this is something that happens to you, one thing you can do is try to exercise immediately after you wake up. You don’t have to come up with complicated training routines or anything like that. Just a couple of stretches are enough to get your blood flowing and clear your mind. If exercising is not your thing, you can also try yoga. Just make sure it won’t make you even sleepier.
4. Go with the Flow
What we mean by going with the flow is not hindering your creativity and productivity by struggling to sleep if you can’t. A lot of people are much more creative at nighttime, and that is absolutely fine. So if you feel like you want to work and you have great ideas, don’t stay in bed trying to count sheep to fall asleep. Get up, grab your laptop, and do your thing. Who knows what amazing ideas you’ll come up with if you just allow yourself to get immersed in your work?
We hope today’s guide has inspired every late sleeper to stop feeling guilty about sleeping late and be as productive as possible throughout the day.
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