With many still struggling to get
the recommended eight hours in bed a night, there's a new incentive
to make sure you get enough sleep. A US study has found that
getting more beauty sleep can also help you earn
more. 


Research showed that in countries where the sun sets
earlier, people sleep for longer, converting into higher earnings.
Just one extra hour of sleep per week can increase wages by 4.9
percent. However, for those who can't switch off, more sleep surely
means less working time?


Sleep desk


The answer is increased productivity, with employees
who get the recommended amount of sleep per night being more
motivated, and providing more creative solutions. Researchers from
the University of California say that not getting enough sleep can
even make you more susceptible to catching the common cold - which
could lead to time off!


So how can you make sure you're getting enough
sleep?


Lose your
distractions


With the recommended amount of sleep being seven to
nine hours per night, our
resident sleep expert
Dr Nerina
recommends switching technology off up to an hour before you go to
bed. 


One in eight of us keeps our mobile phone switched on
in the bedroom at night. Experts claim that this makes us
'hyper-vigilant', which increases the risk that our sleep will be
disturbed. This makes it harder for us to get the restorative sleep
we need.


Apple introduced a nightshift mode earlier this year
because their studies showed that the blue backlight on its devices
can make it harder to fall asleep in the evenings. 


You snooze, you
win


If you're someone who generally struggles to get the
suggested eight hours per night, all is not lost. 


As many people have a natural dip in energy levels at
around 3pm, Dr Nerina says naps are great. If you are able to catch
some shuteye, this can have a 'reset' effect on your body which
makes you more productive.


Nerina says: "A power nap is 10-20 minutes in which
you will be aware of thoughts, noises and sensations but at the
same time will be in a deep state of relaxation - not asleep but
not awake."


This makes the sleep pods at Google's HQ seem
slightly less bizarre. In fact, US insurance group Aetna even pays
its staff to get a good night's sleep, rewarding them for getting
at least seven hours per night. Check out Manchester city centre
business BrightHR, who have opened a nap room in their office to
encourage staff to take a short sleep during working hours
here
.


So getting a few extra hours at night could not only
make heavy eyes lighter, but wallets heavier.


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