Updated: Sep 16
Are you? Are you getting enough? Sleep, that is.
Why? Who cares, as long as I get all my tasks done.
I do. You should too.
Why? Because getting enough sleep has so many benefits.
- improves your memory.
- lowers inflammation and stress
- increases creativity
- sharpens attention span.
- increases your immune system
- improves your skin.
Where’s the proof?
According to a recent Harvard study (yes, that place), sleep plays “an important role in memory, both before and after learning a new task.” It also says that the “Lack of adequate sleep affects mood, motivation, judgment, and our perception of events.” (https://bit.ly/35sBWx2)
So how does this factor into your Time Management 101?
If you get enough sleep it allows you to focus, increases your creativity and attention span, not to mention your memory.
How do you go about improving your quality of sleep?
Here are a few ideas to help you set yourself up for the best sleep. And a challenge to try at least one of these before you go to bed!
1 - Setting a Sleep Schedule: Go to bed at the same time each night and up at the same time each day. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. This allows your body to be in the same rhythms throughout the day and night after night.
2 - Check your atmosphere: Cool it down at night a bit. Your body naturally drops in temperature. If you set your room up to be a bit cooler it will aid in that process and you’ll sleep sounder. Declutter your room so you associate the room for resting and not stimulation. Less stuff, less to be distracted by. Ditch electronics. This made such a difference in our room. Got the tv out! The bedroom should be for resting. Check the lighting and hopefully lack there of. The darker when you are resting, the better. Blackout drapes and blinds are a great choice.
3 - Check your bed and pillow: Are you comfortable? Is your bed and pillow supporting you properly for the best night sleep to allow you to really relax and rest? Just like changing the oil in your car, beds need to be replaced. Luckily not as often, but about once ever 10 years. Is your bed lumpy, bumpy, or sagging? Might be time for an upgrade! Have you rotated it recently? Once a month, most mattresses can’t be flipped but can be rotated. Often this gives you the increased support and the part you’ve been laying on has settled a bit.
What can you do tonight before you crawl into bed to increase your quality of sleep?
P.S. 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 with your 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀 so you could 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝗽 in the morning and 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗴𝗼 𝘀𝗺𝗼𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁? Well today, I can make that happen for you with my new 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗠𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘂𝗿 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲!