Why Sleeping In Is OK
You don't really understand how important sleep is until you have a night where you don't sleep well. With all the life distractions, it is more difficult now than ever to get a good night's rest. There are plenty of successful people out there that talk about how they only need 4-6 hours of sleep, and some others that think sleeping in causes lack of productivity with their habits. I don't see anything wrong with sleeping in on the weekends in order to set us up for the week. Getting that extra hour or two could be the difference with shipping your work or putting it off.
There are many things you can do in order to set you up for a great night sleep, and Shawn Stevenson's book "Sleep Smarter" is a great start, also he has a three-part series on better sleep with his podcast "The Model Health Show" (Part One, Part Two, Part Three). I am the ultimate light sleeper and sleeping through the night is always a significant moment.
Here are a few things I've begun implementing that I think have helped:
What are some ways that help you get that restful night sleep? I would love to hear about it.
How Classical Music Is Making Me Productive
By Jon Belt
I never thought in a million years that I would be rocking out to and loving classical music.
My go to before were playlists like this:
Swagga Like Us by T.I.
Heartbeats by The Knife
Not Afraid by Eminem
Wake Up by Arcade Fire
Where is My Mind? by Pixies
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 by The Flaming Lips
Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin
Through Glass by Stone Sour
MakeDamnSure by Taking Back Sunday
Help I'm Alive by Metric
These are just a few, I didn't get into hair bands, 70's Rock, or 90's Rap/Hip Hop.
So, yes it's a bit of a shock to my brain to know that classical might be my new jam, at least for being productive.
I have made it a point to search classical through Spotify on numerous occasions in my classroom because
1. It has no cuss words (cheers!) AND 2. It is soothing and I've read it helps with studying and remembering
BUT I never thought I would be listening to it in my spare time. Maybe, it's just me getting old.
I'm sure there is research out there talking about the benefits, but I'm not big on determining how helpful something is because a few rats had a couple connections change within their brain cells. I like to experiment with it myself before I get too excited about the research I didn't see for myself.
But if you enjoy the research, here are a few pieces to look over.
The Mozart Effect
Studying for Finals
Mozart Make You Smarter
Oxford University Study
Improves Sleep Quality
Increase in Productivity
When listening to the classics like Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart my sense of accomplishment and production goes up. I'm focused, and determined to get whatever task I'm working on finished. When I don't have my headphones in with the classics I'm easily distracted. So, try it out and tell me what you think.
Jon Belt is a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City, and the host of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast.