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8 Ways to Get More Done While You Sleep

Sometimes it feels like there just isn’t enough time to get everything finished. From the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, it can seem as if the entire day just flew by.

An unfortunate side effect of this stress is that many people shirk their responsibility of sleeping. Instead, they choose to forfeit that vital time for an extra few hours of typing at the computer or reading another document.

But what if you didn’t have to say goodbye to sleep in order to be productive? What if you could utilize your sleeping hours to actually get chores and tasks done?

We decided that you should be able to be productive while you sleep, so we’ve rounded up these eight awesome links that will inspire you to dive under those covers and catch come Z’s (while still getting stuff done).

  1. Develop creative solutions by allowing the intrinsic part of your brain’s pattern recognition systems to assess what it saw during the day and spit out innovative answers in the morning. (Fast Company)

  2. Do you need to remember something important? Studies show that we can reinforce existing memories during deep sleep. Make sure you’ve already reviewed or learned the material you want to memorize at least once before conking out. (Smithsonian)

  3. Make money while you sleep by siphoning off a portion of your paycheck into an account where it can grow thanks to compound interest. (LearnVest)

  4. Next time you travel, take that red eye. Not only will you get to witness a beautiful birds-eye view of a sleeping city, but you’ll save hours of productive daytime on the ground with plenty of time to sleep while in the air. (Travel Sort)

  5. Track data about yourself while you snooze to figure out how to sleep better—and be healthier. (New York Times)

  6. Cook a delicious meal for yourself while you sleep with the help of a slow cooker! Just prep your ingredients before bed, toss them in, and wake up to a fully cooked meal! (Greatist)

  7. Don’t forget, your body is being pretty productive in and of itself while you’re snoozing. (Huffington Post)

  8. Plus, getting ample sleep will make you much more productive the next day, so it will be like you didn’t lose the time at all. (Asian Effciency)

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