Out of all of the creatures on earth, human beings are the strangest. Climate change is causing the ice-caps to melt, but the air conditioning is kept on full blast. Too much ice cream can give you a stomach ache, yet you might go back for seconds. You know that sleep is imperative for good health, though most people don’t get nearly enough; especially for professionals. Those who tend to balance business and a social life often choose sleep as the easiest thing to cut back on. Here are three harmful sleeping habits that any professional needs to break.
More often than not, professionals of all types bring work home with them. Technology has made it easier to send work emails from laptops or cell phones while lounging back in bed. What you might not realize is it plays havoc with your sleeping schedule.
The blue light that’s emitted by both smartphones and laptops interferes with your body’s ability to produce melatonin, the natural hormone that makes you feel sleepy. Also, interacting with technology stimulates the brain, when you should be winding down so you can enter into a state of relaxation. Using your bedroom as a secondary office could be the main reason you can’t sleep.
Relying on Caffeine
Most people love a hot cup of joe in the morning to get their day started, and coffee in moderation isn’t bad for you. It can boost your memory and alertness, and even help with liver detoxification. However, people don’t realize coffee’s strength and how long it stays in the system. That causes caffeine to prevent professionals who drink multiple cups a day from sleeping well at night.
Over time, you build up a tolerance towards caffeine, and it starts taking more of it to get the slightest impact. Why turn to a double espresso if you wake up groggy? Getting proper sleep provides that energy for free. If you must drink it, don’t consume any after lunch.
Ignoring Your Bedtime
The human body loves routine, and just because you’re a working adult doesn’t mean that you should ignore a bedtime. Sleep helps you physically, mentally, neurologically, and emotionally, and without it, there’s no way that you are going to be bright, alert, productive, and ready to start your workday. It’s suggested that you pick the time when you need to get up for work, and then go back 8 to 8.5 hours. That’s your new bedtime, and you should stick with it.
You might not work for an office that has napping pods like Google, Uber, and even Ben & Jerry’s, so catching up on sleep at home is even more critical. While you might feel like you’re missing out on something important by hitting the hay a bit earlier, it’s worth it in the morning when you wake up refreshed, confident, and ready to start the day.