You have a dozen items on your to-do list today, and even though it seemed totally reasonable to get that work project finished, take your dog to the vet, go grocery shopping and clean out your closet, you run out of steam and find yourself sitting on the couch, watching Netflix and eating takeout for dinner. Hey, it happens.
But according to a new study, there’s an easy fix to help you stay on task and get more done during the day: sleep more at night. Seems obvious, right? But even as little as 30 minutes of extra shut-eye can make a massive difference.
Case in point: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine studied a group of 17 professional baseball players. First, scientists tested their cognitive abilities, daytime functioning and response time after five nights of sleeping 6.3 hours. The same players then slept 6.9 hours for five nights. Every score improved, including a 13 percent increase in cognitive processing speed. Fatigue, tension and daytime sleepiness also decreased by one-third.
Moral of the story? You need sleep to be a professional baseball player, and you need sleep if you want to tackle your mile-long to-do list.
Permission to hit snooze tomorrow granted.