I think John Lennon had it wrong. It’s not love we need more of…it’s definitely sleep.
After suffering from three weeks of bronchitis, laryngitis, and a sinus infection where my faithful physician doled out all the right meds. In the end, what finally cured all that ailed me was…NyQuil. It konked me out and I slept night-after-night for 10+ hours.So I started doing a little research and discovered….
If you’re not doing a great job at work, then you probably need more sleep Dr. Travis Bradberry recently posted an article on LinkedIn
where he talked about the cost of sleep deprivation – specific to our careers. We already know that sleep does a body good, but you can’t “catch up” on your sleep. Once it’s gone – it’s gone.If you find yourself missing details of things, late to appointments, and having overall ‘forgetfulness’ – it’s not something to pass by. Look at your last few weeks of sleep – has it been lacking? Get it back on track – as soon as possible!
Are you having trouble falling asleep?
I found this was my number one issue. My mind was still racing from a day’s worth of constant motion. When it came time to sleep – my brain simply could not shut off. We took all the appliances out of the rooms so the little blue light or the silent fan humming at night was not there. We added room darkening blinds so that we had that pitch black effect. We bought allergen-free pillows and kicked the cats out of the room at night. We bought soft warm jammies and ultra soft sheets and blankets.
There I was still wide awake. Yawning and wanting to sleep – but simply couldn’t get there. Until…Related: What’s Your Reputation Number?
Have you tried a schedule and sleep agents?
I’m not going to lie. I thought going to bed at a set time and taking a sleeping pill or some other sleep agent was so retro. It was something we did way back when, right? WRONG!I stopped all electronic devices 1 hour before bed. It gave my eyes time to stop adjusting to the small flickering screen and it allowed me the chance to get tired. For a week or so I took a sleeping agent to get used to sleeping.After a few days of going to bed at a set time (9:45pm) along with the new routine of no mobile devices, television, etc. I am now fully asleep in mere minutes. My body just knows it’s time to go to sleep now.And guess what? I am SO PRODUCTIVE during the day now and plowing through things simply because I’m not exhausted. BE A PERSON OF ACTION:
I know sleep doesn’t seem like a marketing tip or social media strategy, but I assure you that there is a direct correlation between all of it. I would highly recommend reading Arianna Huffington’s book, “Thrive”, too. She provides so many nuggets in there that I couldn’t possibly list everything here.