Being on top of your game takes a lot of hard work, focus, and preparation. While being great at work is something to be proud of, we often get so wrapped up in it that we forget the most important piece of the puzzle. Ourselves!
It’s now widely understood that getting enough sleep leads to greater innovation, productivity, job satisfaction, improved health and quality of life.
And did you know the following?
- The shorter you sleep on average the shorter your life.
- Insufficient sleep is linked to cancer.
- Insufficient sleep is linked to Alzheimers Disease.
- Many children diagnosed as ADHD are actually under slept.
- A critical factor in the obesity epidemic is lack of sleep.
So, here are our tools and tips to help you sleep better.
If you’re having difficulty falling asleep, establishing a regular bedtime routine will help you wind down and prepare for sleep.
Block the noise
To get a full night's sleep, it is important to protect your environment against unwanted noise for the duration of your night's rest. This is even more critical when sleeping in an unfamiliar place. Using earplugs is a smart move and can help block noise so that you can sleep like a baby!
Remedy it the natural way
If getting to sleep or staying asleep is an ongoing problem, it’s important to figure out and address the underlying cause. But, in the meantime, alternative remedies may help you get back to sleep sooner. There are loads of natural remedies available.
Lavender, for example, is an excellent relaxant, something Daniel discovered when he bought some for his step-mother when she was struggling to sleep. Using a humidifier will fill your space with lovely fragrance while distributing the therapeutic benefits.
And a lovely cup of Chamomile tea is well-known to calm even the most hyperactive of us! The Time’s complete guide to sleep explains this and more.
First things first, it’s a good idea to figure out why you’re tired. Lack of sleep may not be the only thing sapping your energy. It’s the little things you do, and don’t do, that can exhaust you mentally and physically that can make getting through the day a chore.
Sleep affects your mental and physical health and the quality of your waking life. When you don’t get enough, it can take a serious toll on your energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even your weight.
Turn off the light
Sounds simple! But making sure your sleeping environment is dark and peaceful can have a significantly positive affect on your sleep. This fascinating article, charting the science of sleep, considers this and much more.
Similarly, The Joe Rogan Experience podcast with Sleep Expert and Neuroscientist Dr. Matthew Walker, covers a myriad of interesting reasons why we not only need sleep but what happens when we don’t get enough.
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