You reach peak productivity after everyone else has gone to bed.
Inventor Thomas Alva Edison, who once wrote that "most people overeat 100%, and oversleep 100%, because they like it. That extra 100% makes them unhealthy and inefficient."
Take a filament from Edison's bulb and start to use sleep (or lack thereof) strategically. In The 24-Hour Genius, attorney and author Eric Epstein recommends completely forgoing sleep several times a month. "There's a loss of efficiency when you have to stop work midstream," Epstein says. "With an all-nighter, you can compress a whole phase of a project into a single work session."
Scheduled tweets are your friend. Wait until more of your audience is awake.
Take a nap! Insufficient overall sleep will make you less responsive and more easily distracted, says Duke–National University of Singapore cognitive neuroscientist Michael Chee.
A version of this article appeared in the December 2013 / January 2014 issue of Fast Company magazine.