The phrase “having a sleepless night” is more troubling than you might think. 

As busy professionals, we strive to stay connected all day, answer emails quickly, and offer helpful insights at meetings. In other words, we like to be on our game at all times.

Yet, if you are not sleeping well at night, there’s a lot of neurological research that suggests you can’t function at an optimal level. In fact, you can barely function at all.

I’ve had my own sleep issues over the years. Part of it is stress-related, I’m sure. Whether it be on business trips or at home in my own bed, I sometimes ruminate too much on the events of the day, playing what-if scenarios and mulling over conflicts that occurred at work.

Recently, I set out to test the theory that sleep really is a major factor in my own productivity. I used a smart bed that came in for another article recently and decided to closely track my sleep and work production over a few weeks. 

The Tempur-pedic Tempur-LuxeBreeze costs $4,499 for a queen-sized mattress. I also tested the Tempur-Ergo Extend Smart Base, which costs $2,199. I’ll let you decide if the costs are worth it after explaining how the bed helped me sleep and get more work done.

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