How to be productive the whole day with only 5-6 hours of sleep?

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  1. m920621m profile image68
    m920621mposted 12 years ago

    How to be productive the whole day with only 5-6 hours of sleep?

    Any tips?

  2. rwelton profile image61
    rweltonposted 12 years ago

    No Caffeine.
    No sugar.
    No stress.
    Quality sleep environment
    Routine sleep time

    Good Luck/stay productive

  3. Pablo_Gonzalez profile image60
    Pablo_Gonzalezposted 12 years ago

    Time management. Break down your tasks into 1 hour increments and focus ONLY on that task for that hour, taking 10 minute breaks in between tasks.

    I also agree with most of rwelton's answer. You need to take care of yourself as well. If you run your body on empty long enough, it's bound to shut down. (Been there done that!) ;-)

  4. Tatjana-Mihaela profile image50
    Tatjana-Mihaelaposted 12 years ago

    It is just not possible in the long term. Our bodies (especially nerves and brain) require different regime, if they don`t get it, they burn out.

    Average person needs much more sleeping - especially during the winter time. Without enough of sleep, nerves and brain start do get damaged, because without sleep they cannot regenerate,  immune system cannot  work properly, hormones mess up...without enough of sleep cells and tissues in the body cannot regenerate ...After some time of forcing oneself, negative consequences for health and costs for healing these consequences are much bigger then benefits (money earned through such regime)...

  5. just575 profile image59
    just575posted 12 years ago

    I personally get between 6 and 8 hours, which coupled with my lifestyle, never quite seems enough. I've ordered 'The Four Hour Body' by Tim Ferris, in which there is some content on polyphasic sleep (also known as Uberman sleep). This seems an interesting concept which I plan to experiment with.
    In a nutshell, instead of having all of your sleep in one go, you organise your sleep into equally spaced chunks throughout the day. For example, sleep for 20-30 minutes six times a day every for hours, giving you a total of 2-3 hours of sleep a day. This is a very simplistic description and for more detail there's a wealth of information on the net.
    As with anything though, the real answer lies with trying these theories out for yourself rather than taking somebody else's word as gospel.

  6. phiphi profile image60
    phiphiposted 12 years ago

    I must say that 6 hours is quite enough for working days and 8 hours for weekend

  7. C.V.Rajan profile image60
    C.V.Rajanposted 12 years ago

    If you ask me how to be sleepy for the whole day with only 5-6 hours of work, I am more qualified to answer!

  8. sammyfiction profile image59
    sammyfictionposted 12 years ago

    It is most certainly hard! And draining. It will not keep it up for a long period of time. But, fruit helps, and eating well. And being surrounded by people you love to work with - otherwise your day will become more draining! big_smile

  9. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 12 years ago

    i rarely if ever sleep more then 6 hours. i run my owm company, i have a family i help take care of and i do a fair amount of charity work.
    i didn't think it was out of the norm to sleep more then 6 hours once you become an adult.

  10. Drew nite profile image61
    Drew niteposted 12 years ago

    What ever you do, stay away from drugs. The only stimulant that I would not be against is coffee.

    I am a science major, so I often times get 3- 5 hours of sleep or even less at times. I thrive off of two hr naps during the day! Try to exercise at lease one hour two to three times a week. I also found that what you eat is very important too, so I eat lots of fruits, salads, high protein food, healthy stuff and drink a lot of water.

    You will not only have the energy to do what you have to do, but your body will look great and you will be more healthy. It is also important to note that it takes the human body 3 to 4 weeks to adjust to changes, so hang in there and your body will adjust.

  11. anurum profile image53
    anurumposted 12 years ago

    Hi m920621m

    You can try working under bright light the whole day. Or maybe listen to music with great beats on intervals to keep your tempo high. Drinking coffee is an obvious and sure solution. Ask yourself aloud to keep focus...that works!
    Let me know how you

  12. dogmama58 profile image78
    dogmama58posted 12 years ago

    Vitamin B12 is good. You need the sleep, but I have found that 1,000 mg of B12 will keep me alert all day.

  13. Beth100 profile image73
    Beth100posted 12 years ago

    I only sleep betwee 3 - 4 hours per day.  I keep a healthy diet, drink lots of water and keep myself physically fit.  I also focus on emotional wellness and destress on a daily basis.  I find the more I am healthy, the less sleep I need.  At my peak, I only require 2 - 3 hours per day.  Sometimes, I spread it out in power naps, other times, one block of time.  It depends on my activities for the day.  Being healthy is the key.

  14. teamfusiongroup profile image60
    teamfusiongroupposted 12 years ago

    Absolutely, as long as you balance with proper nutrition and exercise.

  15. davidrio profile image70
    davidrioposted 12 years ago

    I usually sleep 6 to 7 hours per night , more than that gets me lazy all day, less than that makes me drink 5 or 6 coffees ( not very healthy I would say);
    On Jogging days ( mainly in those tempo runs or speed intervals training ) I need to sleep minimum 8 hours otherwise my muscles will be trashed and I’ll spend the next day crawling like a zombie and with an awful mood

  16. Barraoc profile image75
    Barraocposted 12 years ago

    I've always found 5-6 hours sleep to be fine as long as I can catch-up on the weekend. A healthy diet helps too, especially breakfast, and plenty of water. Some fresh air during the day if you can get it is a great help.

    As to productivity it really depends on the nature of the task at hand. I've always found the saying, "a change is as good as a rest" to be true. If you can mix things up every 45 minutes or so you will prevent boredom and increase the quantity and quality of your work.

  17. Thesource profile image68
    Thesourceposted 12 years ago

    To be as productive as you can, never cheat on sleep.

    Proper exercise and diet is good but those not to be used as substitute for sleep. Recent research has show sleep improves ones cognitive skills, intelligence, concentration, body weight, improve the health of the heart. There is no substitute for sleep

    If you have to wake-up by using the alarm clock or some one else then you are not sleeping enough. If you have to wake-up like that, then find some time to sleep later in the day or weekend to make for this deficit.

    I am sorry to disagree with most of you, because I don't believe there is a healthy substitute for sleep. If you think you are fine now with less sleep you are not operating at your best. You could do better with more sleep. It may take up to 4 weeks of sufficient sleep to realize this.

  18. Chatel Musgrove profile image56
    Chatel Musgroveposted 12 years ago

    I can be productive the whole day by writing original articles

  19. profile image0
    cillamposted 12 years ago

    I think that everybody needs to sleep at least 7 hours a day to be productive but at the same time everybody's body clock is different so there probably is people out there that can sleep for 5-6 hours and be very productive.

  20. Loves to Write profile image55
    Loves to Writeposted 12 years ago

    Energy drinks and pop tarts! Although, I'd rather just get 8 hours of sleep.

  21. vinnielee2010 profile image60
    vinnielee2010posted 12 years ago

    Who needs more than that ?
    babies kids and the sick
    or like myself depressed LOL

    When I am employed I have no problem with 5 or 6 hr of sleep

  22. smelloftruth profile image59
    smelloftruthposted 12 years ago

    It really depends on your mileage and age. I mean how your body adapt. Not all of us are born the same so it's hard to tell if the steps you've taken to remain productive with limited sleep applies to others.

  23. Hard Drive Dude profile image59
    Hard Drive Dudeposted 12 years ago

    Quite honestly on of the greatest ways to be really productive is simply to plan things through. Set-up a schedule what you need done each day for a week and before you know it, writing up schedules will be a breeze. There are also schedule programs on the internet that will signal and make noise whenever you need to change tasks. I forgot what one of them was called but you should be able to find them if you google make your own schedules or something. I still find that's much better writing it down as you might remember it better that way. I know I do!

    Have a good day.

  24. May PL profile image66
    May PLposted 12 years ago

    I do keep 4 to 5 hours sleep during busy weeks (I do not recommend it though) and catch up with sleep when things slow down. Across the board, I'd keep myself on the go with iron and vitamin C supplements (really helps with us women as our bodies seem to need iron much more than the men's). Fish liver oil with Omega 3 also helps with concentration. Zinc is also known to help maintain general well-being. Lots of water, keep thinking positive and smile lots till the busy period is over!  smile


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