On the outside, sleep doesn’t exactly appear to be all that productive. You’re sprawled out, eyes closed, pretty much unconscious and totally dead to the outside world.
Unless you consider dreaming to be an efficient use of your time, you probably see sleep as a necessary evil that steals away precious hours of potential when you could be getting stuff done.
Of course, you’re not the only one. Every night, countless Americans trade hours’ worth of quality sleep for working and catching up on emails—not to mention texting, scrolling through Instagram, bingeing on Netflix, and generally falling down the rabbit hole of the Interwebs. After all, what else are the hours between 12:00 and 2:00 A.M. really good for?
Actually, they’re perfect for sleep. Which might seem like an eight-hour dead zone where you’re doing a whole lot of nothing—but in fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
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