We all know we need adequate sleep, but many of us do not consider it a top priority. “I can just catch up on the weekend” doesn’t cut it. We need good quality sleep consistently every night. Check out what happens when we are sleep deprived…
- Grumpy… bad mood! Roar! Need I say more? Our tolerance and patience goes out the window and we often snap at anyone who gets in our way.
- Memory is not as it should be. “I forgot my keys”; “I can’t remember where I am to go” “Where did I put that important paper?” “I am losing it!”
- Stress hormone (cortisol) is spiked and we cannot handle issues without freaking out. (Not to mention weight gain due to cortisol spike.)
- Can’t focus on any one task. Concentration just is not there and brain power is drained very quickly throughout the day. Our work and personal lives suffer.
- Accidents and Errors! Sleep deprivation causes accidents on the road and around machinery. We make errors because our brains are not operating at full capacity. I need not emphasize how dangerous this is!
Wow… we must have to apologize often when we don’t sleep!
Stop apologizing and get help!
Here are a few quick tips:
- Make your room dark and remove all light from electronic devices. (Red lighting or deep yellow bulbs are ok.) Our pineal gland requires it to be dark to produce melatonin. When you awake, pull open the drapes or blinds and fill your eyes with light. It will tell your brain it’s time to be alert.
- Turn off all electronic devices 1 hour before bed, and engage in activity that is calming such as light reading (not business related), meditation/prayer, listening to soft music. Prepare your brain for sleep.
- Plan your day the night before. When you have all those fretting thoughts about work scheduled in a plan, you can let it go and stop obsessing about it at bedtime!
- No caffeine after dinner, no food at least one hour before bed. Let your food intake pass through the stomach before reclining to avoid digestive issues in the night.
- Do not use alcohol as a sleep aid. It impairs the quality of sleep and therefore is not recommended. Of course I am not a fan of sleep aids, including melatonin (the brain can produce its own, so why mess that up?)
If you would like more information on how I can assist you in your quest for sleep, contact me for a complimentary 15-minute phone call. I am a 20-year ex-insomniac and I can help you get solid, great quality sleep. There is nothing better!