When I’m working with clients one of the first things I ask is, how much sleep are you getting? Do you fall asleep easily and do stay asleep through the night? When you wake up do you feel rested and ready to tackle the day? For most of us the answer is No, to one or all, of these questions.
So here’s the deal, stress, too much blue light (screens before bed) , or just your partner snoring could really be affecting your ability to perform at your best. Nothing you don’t know already you say! Something you’ve been putting up with for a while and have got used to maybe?
It turns out you may just have to move your goal to get better rest higher on your priority list.
Just as fuelling our bodies is so important so is letting our brain clean up the waste of the day. Thinking requires all hands on deck and getting the most from yourself from a tired and sludgy brain is pushing the proverbial uphill with a fork. So what can you do?
First you need to decide if it’s important to you, because if you don’t have the inspiration to make a change then you won’t. This will be just one of those articles you read , have good intentions but do nothing about.
Are you willing to change things in your life to get a result?
Be honest because why go through the recrimination of failure if you are not going to put the effort in? Just close the blog and forget it.
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On the hand if you are still reading and you want to get a handle on the steps you need to take to get better sleep let me give you some resources.
Decide to change your habits – List the behaviours you have that don’t support a great nights sleep. Work out which ones you can change first. Start with one each Monday and commit to the week. Then add the next piece.
Sleep Etiquette – once you establish a routine, your brain will begin to get ready for sleep
No Blue screens – two hours before sleep, they confuse your circadian rhythms and wake you up. So take the TV out of the bedroom.
Brainwave entrainment that can settle your brain to fall asleep and to sleep more deeply.
Choose a sleep station on Pandora – ocean waves or whatever gives you a peaceful rhythm in the background and covers up out any intermittent noises.