It seems like I always lose the most sleep when I'm feeling pressed for time at work, but this might be the fatal error that stands between me and my academic potential.
I've had a "beef" with an author in the literature review I've been working on, but I couldn't articulate exactly what it was for weeks and weeks. Even though I take lots of reading notes, there is something so slippery about this argument that I couldn't quite put my finger on what was bothering me about it. This morning, after getting a couple of extra hours of sleep and then taking a stab at this first thing after breakfast, I quickly figured out not only what my problem is with this argument, but also how to articulate my critique with supportive evidence from other sources. It feels like a major breakthrough in this manuscript, and it will make it a much stronger piece.
I've always been an advocate of "power-napping" but this is all just reminding me how important sleep is to my productivity. I will have to up my sleep quota to make me more productive. What about you? How many hours of sleep do you get on average? What about when you are swamped with work and trying to squeeze more minutes out of each day?