If you’re flat out during the day, moving from one activity to the next without a break, never stopping and always in a ‘go-go-go’ state, it’s no surprise when it comes to the end of the night, your brain doesn't switch off. Similarly, if your mind if highly active and you haven't engaged in sufficient ‘unwind’ activities such as mindfulness, you are likely to wake throughout the evening too, and wake up feeling groggy.
Research presented by Department of Medicine and Health, Linköping University, Sweden highlights that psychologically, the brain has a preference for habitual behaviours, because it minimises effort and strain. Translated, if you are go-go during the day, you’ll be go-go during the night. Similarly, if you learn to pause throughout the day, you are more likely to be able to pause in the evening too.
In terms of productivity, even for novices, research published in leading journal Frontier in Human Neuroscience found that mindfulness activities such as a brief meditation improves attention for future tasks.
Translated, you’re able to focus, execute tasks with greater efficiency and will make fewer mistakes. Given that 29% of work related mistakes are a direct results of fatigue, a finding by 2016 Sleep Health Foundation Australian Sleep Survey, this will save you time and energy from errors you won’t be making in the first place.