If it’s as difficult for you to quiet your brain at night as it is for me, you know exactly what I’m alluding to in the title of this post – sleep.
A relaxing, refreshing, and mentally fulfilling good night’s rest isn’t always as easy as it might seem, especially in the world of work today. Many of us don’t really close the door on our jobs when we walk out of the office. Work-life balance has taken on a whole new meaning with all the technology we have right at our fingertips. We carry work around in our pockets everywhere we go – because with smart phones, laptops, and tablets, we’re never really offline.
According to Dr. Travis Bradberry, lack of sleep “slows your ability to process information and problem solve, kills your creativity, and catapults your stress levels and emotional reactivity.” Most people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night to feel adequately refreshed, but how many of us take these numbers seriously?
Here are a few simple tips Dr. Bradberry recommends to help you get your sleep pattern back on track:
- Stay away from sleep aids – they are disruptive to your natural sleep process.
- Stop drinking coffee after noon – the caffeine in this treasured beverage has a 6-hour life cycle in the body and disturbs the quality or your REM sleep stage.
- Put down your devices after dinner – blue light emitting devices trick our minds into thinking it’s still daytime and make it more difficult to power off our brains.
- Wake up at the same time (even on the weekends) – consistency is key and regulates your circadian rhythm.
- If you can, put work away – working late into the night stimulates your mind making it more difficult to relax and prepare for sleep.
Our brains are not meant to run marathons and overworking them affects our level of performance and ability to be engaged in our work. So, the moral of the story? Try to get some rest! Prioritize sleep hygiene so you can be the best version of yourself every day.