To Stay Productive, Sip a Cocktail — but Don’t Skip Sleep


Don’t feel guilty about heading to happy hour tonight—just get at least seven hours of sleep before going back to the office, and your job performance won’t suffer. 

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Boozing it up (well, 3-4 drinks max for men, 2–3 for women) on a work night has very little effect on productivity the next day—but sleeping only six or less hours sharply cuts productivity, according to the surprising results of a Rand Europe Report on 20,000+ workers across the U.K.

Other factors—money woes, mental or physical troubles, even workplace bullying—also affected productivity somewhat, but nothing was linked to it as directly as lack of sufficient sleep.

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