It seems counterintuitive to write a post about how to rest. Shouldn’t sleeping be the easiest thing we do? Not necessarily in a culture that’s obsessed with squeezing the productivity out of every spare minute in the day. As technology and work continue to advance over the line of rest, we become more prone to stress, get less sleep…you see the pattern. It goes on.
Here are three of the best ways I’ve found to get the sleep you need in order to function well both at home and at work:
- Mind The Gap: The transition into sleep is often overlooked. We finish a day’s work (or find an acceptable place to pause), close the computer and hit the pillow. But research has shown that the mind needs time to wind down before it can get restful sleep. Avoid the computer screen for at least 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed. Alcohol before bed can also harm restful sleep. And so can heavy foods immediately prior to lying down.
- Exercise Regularly: You’ve heard it before, but it can’t be overstated. Take walks or runs during breaks, or try to stand up at work for as long as possible. Exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep, not to mention overall health.
- The Eerie Blue Glow: …Of your computer screen, that is. We are constantly surrounded by screens. Your computer, your phone, your TV, your tablet. It’s everywhere, and it can produce headaches and eyesores, adding to your stress and keeping you from sleep. F.lux is a free app that automatically shifts the light of your computer screen to match the sun’s cycle, which means that your eyes aren’t getting blasted by that blue glow. It helps to keep your brain in the right sleep cycle even when your work demands abundant computer time.
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Even if all of those things are done, sleep can still elude you if you’re stressed about your business. Better sleep helps improve your work continuity, but it won’t increase your business continuity when customer systems could go down due to disasters, shut downs, business stops, labor disputes or even floods and storms like the recent snowstorms we have had.
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