Are you getting enough sleep? According to the CDC more than a third of Americans receive less than seven hours of sleep per night. As a result, many are having trouble concentrating, remembering, and even driving. I will admit, I have had these troubles from time to time and know, firsthand, that it can affect personality, work performance, energy levels, and even eating habits. There are a few foolproof ways to gain more sleep and give yourself the recharge you deserve.
If you are not sure how much sleep to get, the CDC recommends getting at least 10 hours of sleep for school age children, 9-10 hours for teens and 7-8 hours for adults. But let’s be honest, when’s the last time you got enough sleep that you woke up fully regenerated?
In order to get a good night sleep there are 3 tips to sleep better and be productive.
Don’t bring work to sleep
In this world of hyper connectivity, cutting the cord can be difficult; however, it is necessary in order to have a proper night’s sleep. No matter what you do, or how much work you have, you still need sleep. Ask yourself this: how productive do you feel when you are dozing off at work? In fact, according to the same study, the CDC said 23% of people surveyed had trouble concentrating during the day because they were tired.
The optimal solution is to not have any electronic devices in your bedroom (i.e. TV, computer, phones, ipads, etc.) However, this is probably not realistic in today’s communication driven world. As a result, we must learn to turn off and disconnect from our devices and actually allow ourselves to fall asleep.
Wind down, not up
Being mega busy really shouldn’t be something that we strive for. For example, why do we believe boasting about getting 4 hours of sleep is a good thing? We all know people that seem to get up, run a 5K, play a round of golf and still manage to get to work by 9AM. Busy people live busy lives, but in order to be productive we need to wind down. In fact, Arianna Huffington at a recent TED talk said, “discover the power of sleep”.
Schedule, don’t wait up
Being busy means scheduling aspects of your life, so why not schedule sleep? How about taking a nap during the day? Don’t push through, instead take time and rest. Get enough sleep to support your lifestyle. It’s not only good from a productivity standpoint, but it also decreases your risk against a number of health issues including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.
Whether you need to recharge, nap or reduce health concerns, simply put, sleep is just a good idea and making time for it is crucial in today’s hyper connected world. When’s the last time you had a good night’s sleep?photo credit: Daveybot via photopin cc