Productivity Hacks: Sleep Special

It’s provided the basis for a few Hunted articles over the years.

Entrepreneurial types will tell you it’s one of the most important factors determining their success.

And if that wasn’t enough, your mum’s been banging on about it since you’ve been old enough to understand words.

Get enough sleep

Easier said than done. Mainly because if recruitment ever does, no one seems to have notified overseas clients. Or candidates in general.

And in spite of their occasional wisdom, entrepreneurs also like to waste perfectly good sentences saying things like “you’ve got to SLEEP FASTER if you want to 10X your productivity”.

“How bad’s it really if I don’t get 8 hours sleep every night?” you muse to yourself, setting eighteen alarms to go off at 60 second intervals, starting at 6am.

It’s just gone 2am and this isn’t a unique situation.

Prolonged sleep deprivation will do a number on your central nervous, immune, and cardiovascular systems. And perhaps arguably more important than your physical health and wellbeing, it means you won’t be quite as sharp as you should.

You’ll miss things you otherwise would’ve caught. Spend longer than your competitors thinking, instead of doing. And not have the requisite bluster and bombast for a blinding BD sesh.

Being tired all the time will hurt your productivity.

Which will make a dent in your revenue, whether you realise it or not.

So in true Hunted form, we’ve turned to tech for answers.

There’s a lively market dedicated to helping you sleep better. And here are 7 hacks designed to help you stress less, drop off like a sloth at a Dido concert, and wake up more alert and productive than you normally do.

Sleep Cycle Alarm

Sleep Cycle

An app which “analyzes your sleep and wakes you up at the most perfect time, feeling rested”.

You place your device either on a bedside table or in the corner of the mattress and Sleep Cycle detects motion in the room based on sound. It’ll use this to determine when you’re enjoying a lighter sleep cycle, and wake you up within a half hour ballpark of the time you set.

Edit: I used it last night and while I was overall not pleased with waking up in general, it was at least not as horrid an experience as it usually is.

Sleep Cycle’s free on iOS and Android.

calm sleep


We’ve featured Calm’s slightly cooler cousin, Headspace, in previous Productivity Hacks articles. Both are meditation apps designed to make you more mindful. But Calm deserves special attention for their sleep resources.

You can have celebrities read you stories to lull you into nodding off. Or avail yourself of over 100 guided meditations, from Never Meditated In My Life level exercises, right the way up to more advanced stuff.

Most of their content’s deemed to be so good you have to pay for it. But it’s free to trial.

On the App and Play Stores. sleep

Get your priorities squared away before you hit the hay and you’ll find you drift off easier. Particularly if you find your mind racing at the end of a busy day recruiting.’s a to do list app with a really clean design, simple to use interface, and some intelligent features. Like shopping lists that organise themselves.

Jot ideas down, plan your day, set reminders, and keep your calendar updated. You can access on almost Any.device, even your talking speaker.

Find out more on their website.

wally sleep


One activity that keeps people up at night is bricking it about money. And in combatting that, getting on top of your outgoings is useful to anyone.

To a Recruiter, I’d argue it’s even more important. Particularly if your commission varies month to month, but your lifestyle continues regardless.

Wally’s goal’s to give you a 360° view of your money: what’s coming in, what’s going out, and why. You can visualise your finances in one place, and doing so can give you grounds to get a good kip.

Learn more about Wally, here.

relaxio sleep


Sounding like an incredibly chilled Spider-Man villain, Relaxio are a company that build apps a bit like Noisli, a program I featured in this article on mental health for Recruiters.

Build your own soundscapes using sliders to adjust the volume on a crackling fire, the nearby hiss of rain, and the dull purr of distant traffic.

White noise is supposed to give your brain something to focus on, so it’s not all over the place when you’re trying to nod off. And there should be all the noise you need right here.

Check out Relaxio’s full suite of apps.

casper sleep

The Casper Glow

Light exposure mucks with your circadian rhythm like no one’s business. A factor we don’t often consider when it comes to accounting for poor sleep. But staring at a screen in an office all day can easily take it’s toll.

The Glow Light’s a lamp for the bedside table that dims as you’re winding down for the evening, and gradually fills the room with light to wake you. Control it with an app, twist it to adjust the brightness, or give it a wiggle for a spot of low light.

Will a lamp make you a better Recruiter? No. But if you’re serious about sleep, it could give you an edge.

Bask in the gentle glow of Casper.

gravity blanket sleep

Gravity Blanket

Weighted blankets have enjoyed a bit of popularity in recent years, principally due to the effect they’re meant to have on reducing cortisol and boosting serotonin.

Starting life on Kickstarter two and a half years ago, one of Gravity Blanket’s early reviews reads:

“It usually takes me 45 minutes to fall asleep. But I put the blanket on and passed out in like 7”

If you’re dropping off on command, how much fresher would you be in the morning? And how much more productive would you be as a result?

It works by distributing weight evenly across your body, mimicking the feeling of being hugged. A great big blankety hug. Which sometimes you need after a tough day hammering the phones.

Come on. Bring it in.

Hunted’s Productivity Hacks series curates the best apps, programs and gadgets to help you excel at work by optimising key parts of your job with tech.

As always, most of the hacks featured are free, easy to use, and could change the way you recruit for good.

The previous article in the series was on things you can do with Google Chrome to make it recruitment’s web browser of choice, definitively.

If you’re intending to use Chrome at any point today, it’s worth a look.