It has been the curse of the ”hard worker” for years.
The belief that increasing the hours they work always has a direct correlation with increased productivity.
This is just not true!
Because very long hours mean less and less sleep.
Which in turn means more errors and less efficiency in the hours worked.
You might be thinking, “this is all well and good but I’ve struggled with sleeping my whole life”.
Here are some tips:
- Turn off / put away (on do not disturb mode) your phone at least 1 and ideally 2 hours before bed.
- Dim the lights / use weaker lighting during that last hour before turning them off for sleep. Bright lights trick our body into thinking it is still day time (the same holds true for screen light – so along with putting away the phone, avoid screens for that last 2 hours – read something you love instead).
- Prime your body for sleep with some relaxing stretches for 2-5 minutes.
- Continue to prime the body with 2-5 minutes of deep breathing or meditation. A good start point for this is 10 full breaths following this routine: 4 second inhale, 2 second pause and a 6 second exhale.
- Read in bed for a while if you wish.
- Pray / speak to yourself unfiltered about what’s going on in your life. You are not in solution mode but just letting it all out, all whilst knowing you can let it go for now and return to it tomorrow with a fresher approach.
- Recap the day just gone in about 20 clips from start to finish. Be thankful of any small pleasant moments that presented themselves e.g. having a bit of a joke with the barista in your local coffee shop.
Here’s a poetic reminder of the benefit and beauty of sleep and rest if given an important part in your lives.
2020 is the year of loving your sleep. A bit late for resolutions Dec 😉
Not at all folks, don’t forget we can make resolutions to better ourselves in mind, body and soul whenever we wish.
As with all new routines, your sleep routine requires some effort at first but pays itself back with many returns in the long run.
Declan “Sleep” Treanor