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12/18/2015 12:35 pm ET

'Do Not Disturb' On Slack Emphasizes Peace And Quiet

A new way to get that shuteye you need.

If your office uses Slack, rejoice: The popular messaging service on Thursday unveiled new options that should help you get some peace and quiet.

The new "Do Not Disturb" function will automatically silence notifications between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., when you should be getting quality shuteye. What's more, you'll now be able to manually "snooze" notifications from your channels whenever you need to. No more worrying about annoying pings if you're trying to take a nap or step out for lunch.

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To set up custom snoozes, click the bell icon at the top of your Slack screen and select whatever option is relevant.

Even if your office doesn't use Slack -- essentially a chatroom and private messaging system to help coworkers talk to one another -- it could probably learn something from the new "Do Not Disturb" functions. A recent poll shows 40 percent of American adults are sleep-deprived, and research also indicates that happier workers are more productive.

In other words, prioritizing ways for employees to step away from work and get the rest they need is probably win-win for businesses: Rested workers are liable to be better at their jobs.

So, embrace options like the "Do Not Disturb" function. And workers -- don't be afraid to use them! They really can make a difference.

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