Starting from middle school, I have never really been on a sleep schedule. As a young pre-teen and teenager, I spent hours on my phone instead of catching my Zs. When high school approached, hours I should have been sleeping were spent studying and finishing that last assignment. People say time is money, and I completely I agree with that. If we didn't lose energy throughout a 24-hour day, could you imagine how much we could accomplish? Though sleep is vital for many reasons, there are ways around sleeping the recommended 7-9 hours a night. I read this article, "How I learned to Sleep Only Three Hours Per Night," by Cody Monson, and I felt encouraged and enlightened afterward. It's focused on polyphasic sleep- the idea of breaking your sleep into smaller chunks, or naps, to maximize your waking hours. There are many forms of this kind of sleep, but the most practical one I think is the "everyman method"- one core sleep for 3-4 hours, then three 20-minute naps. The idea is that during certain hours (ex: 3 am-6 am), no one is up to distract you, allowing you to get focused work done. You're able to schedule your core sleep and naps around your schedule. As someone in school and works, it will be hard to make an appropriate schedule, but I plan to try this for a week to see if I find any productivity changes. Some tips if you try this are not drinking coffee as caffeine will mess up your natural melatonin, listen to your body, try listening to ambient sounds to prep for mid-day naps, and be passionate about the goals you want to reach during your productivity times. I love learning about new ways to increase my productivity, and even though I love to sleep, sometimes there's no time for it.