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Five ways to maximise your time in bed

By Ben Wainman

Are you always looking for another ten minutes, an hour or three extra in bed? Aren’t we all. Studies have shown that Britain is one of the world’s most exhausted nations. 30% of the population is sleep deprived. And is it any wonder when there is so much to do and so little time to do it?

However, there are time-saving hacks and clever tricks that can ensure that you get enough shut-eye without feeling that you’re missing out.

1. Exercise
Getting up three hours early to hit the gym or slogging away on the treadmill all evening will make you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to stay healthy and have fun. Save time and enjoy an effective workout with High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). These 30-minute workouts can be just as effective as a few hours in the gym and will save you a lot of time in the process.
Alternatively, make exercise a social activity, so you can catch up with friends and stay fit, killing two birds with one stone.

2. Turn Your Phone Off
Just think how much time you can save with every activity if you weren’t looking at updates every time your phone flashes? If people need to get in touch with you, then turn off notifications for social media, so you aren’t compelled to look. People can still ring and text if they need to. Instead of social media running your life, take your time back so you can focus. You can again scroll through everything you missed the next day on the commute to work.

3. Batch food production
Instead of the late-night food preparation for tomorrow’s lunch or having to get up earlier to go to the shop the next day, have your meals ready and waiting. There are lots of meals you can make in bulk and freeze, drastically cutting your food preparation time so you can get more zzz… The next time you make a meal, make four times as much, and you’ve got four more meals you don’t have to think about.

4. Sleep efficiently
One of the best ways to get more, and better, sleep and to save time is to learn how to fall asleep quickly. For this, you need to set a strict sleep routine. Have an alarm telling you to go to bed as well as telling you to wake up. You can also try the 4-7-8 breathing trick which can induce sleep in 60 seconds. Just breathe in for four seconds, hold for seven and exhale for eight and repeat until sleep.

5. Prioritise
Every day you have 1440 minutes at your disposal. Aside from the minutes, you have obligations and work, the rest of your time can be used to have a positive impact. Prioritising tasks and working out what is worthy of any of your 1440 minutes is a great way to cut things you don’t like out of your life and start focusing on things you do like. This mentality will help you to prioritise sleep as you’ll see how invaluable it is to make the most out of the next day.

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