As a group, humans are some of—if not the most—strangest beings on earth. The behaviors that get applied in everyday life seem to go against what every human knows. For example, overeating before swimming causes cramps, but you might swim anyway. Or overeating ice cream makes you sick, but you go back for seconds. Not to mention, you should get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, but you most likely get less than that. Read through these bad habits to help you start getting better sleep at night.
One of the worst habits that professionals have picked up is bringing work home and straight into bed with them. If you have a lot of work that needs to get done, do your best to refrain from bringing it into the bedroom. Sending emails from your laptop or other mobile devices could wreak havoc on your sleeping pattern and ability to produce melatonin. A couple of hours before bed should get spent winding down and taking part in activities that aren’t mentally stimulating. It’s also a good idea to keep electronics out of bed.
Don’t Rely on too Much Caffeine
The next time you’re in a business meeting, take a look around and see how many people are sipping from a takeaway coffee cup, thermos, or caramel macchiato from Starbucks. Before you panic, take a deep breath. Coffee isn’t bad for you in moderation and can even boost your memory, alertness, and help with pulling toxins from your liver… in moderation.
Many people don’t realize that caffeine stays in the system longer than you’d think and it plays a massive role in keeping you from sleeping properly at night. Also, your body develops immunity to the caffeine after so long, and more is needed to get the same impact. The solution? Don’t drink caffeine after noon.
Don’t Disrespect Your Sleep Time
Plenty of adults believe that because they’re not a kid, it means they don’t have a bedtime, and while that might not be you, professionals still disrespect their sleep schedule. It’s crucial to remember that your body loves routine and when you sleep; your body replenishes and rejuvenates itself to prepare for the next day. Giving yourself sufficient sleep means that your body has the time to refresh itself, so you wake up feeling alert and bright.
If you have issues trying to decide when you should go to bed so you can perform adequately at work, there are plenty of apps that can help you. However, as a rule of thumb, it’s usually safe to figure out the time you need to wake up for work, and then count back at least 8.5 hours to get your new scheduled bedtime.
When it comes to professionals, not getting enough sleep seems like it’s part of the job itself. Keeping track of work, life, and having a social life on top of it is hard to manage; and sleep is the easiest thing to cut out, but the most harmful. The proper amount of sleep is essential to good health because it improves brain function, boosts your immune system, and helps your relationships. Some of the most significant companies in the world have napping pods at their headquarters because they know how important sleep is.
What recommendations do you have for those struggling with sleep?