Being focused on your career is a fantastic thing. It helps you move forward, and also helps you map out and dig the path that you want to take to meet your goals. However, when you get too focused, it’s easy to forget that your after work experiences play a part in how well you function and meet those goals. You might not realize, but exercise, hobbies, and most importantly, sleep, all play pivotal roles.
Regardless of if you understand how vital sleep is to ensure you remain productive and successful at work, there’s a good chance that you have trouble getting the amount you need. Even if you try to make it a top priority to sleep, your work might be causing the problem itself.
According to surveys and research conducted, approximately 30% of Americans have mentioned losing sleep due to being stressed about work. This issue is more commonly seen amongst Generation X’ers and millennials, holding about 37-39%, while baby boomers compare with just 22%.
While work was amongst some of the highest topics, other issues included personal issues, relationships, family, and personal finances. Though, finances typically relate back to work.
No matter if it is work, money, health, relationships, or other things that are keeping you awake at night, the issue needs to get resolved. Lack of sleep can seriously interfere with meeting the career and life goals that you’ve set for yourself. So, feel free to utilize these tips to help you sleep:
- Don’t watch TV before bed. Better yet, remove the TV from your room, so your brain automatically associates your bed with sleeping.
- Complete your to-do list at night, so you aren’t thinking about everything you need to do tomorrow while laying in bed. It switches off your work mode and helps you relax.
- Enable night shift mode on your iPhone. The majority of cell phone displays are designed to emit a bright enough light with blue undertones that simulate daylight at noon. That’s hardly a good time to fall asleep. Checking your phone in the evening leading up to sleep without night shift enabled can affect your melatonin levels.
- Force yourself to stop looking at your cell phone at least an hour before you climb into bed. It’s hard, but it’s worth it in the end.
- Look into simple breathing techniques that are designed in a way to help alleviate stress and encourage relaxation. Sometimes all it takes is a few deep, steady breaths.
- If you’re the type of person who likes to sleep with background noise, try podcasts that have a sole purpose of helping you sleep. Podcasts such as Sleep with Me have remained in the Top 50 for a reason.
- Try going over the events of your day instead of focusing on the fact that you can’t sleep.
- Change the organization and design of your bedroom, so you don’t feel like you’re surrounded by clutter.
- Ask your boss and colleagues to refrain from sending you non-urgent emails during the night. No one expects you to turn off your notifications entirely; there might be an emergency one day. Though you can professionally and politely request to be kept off of an email list that isn’t urgent or need-to-know at that moment.
Whether you’re a known insomniac who can’t fall asleep, or you have issues staying asleep once you do, these tips are going to help you. If you feel like you’re putting too much pressure on yourself, and that’s why you can’t sleep, sometimes it’s best just to take a step back to reassess the situation. However, if your sleep issues are manageable, try the above tips to lull you into a deep slumber before you result to unnatural sleeping aids that can lead to dependency issues. Sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite!