surreal photo via julienmagre (I love the windows!)
I came across this article (via HN, of course) about how much sleep we need to be productive. It was really interesting. Did you know that the 8 hour/night thing is a myth? Sleeping 8 hours will actually make you less alert than sleeping 5 hours. Crazy, right?
The part that resonated with me the most was this: "[...] be aware that for the highest quality of sleep, you need to be drained, both physically and mentally to some extent." How true is that?
There have been times (especially last week) when I've been sitting at my computer working for 18 hours straight. I'd be completely mentally drained when I get home, and yet do not fall asleep for 30 minutes or so. Do you find that? It just serves as a reminder that when things get busy, physical exercise is not something to put on the back burner.
PS. I wouldn't mind napping on this down-filled couch 20 minutes every day. I would not mind at all.