Stop Losing Sleep Over Your Business
If you’re a business owner, I can nearly guarantee you aren’t getting enough sleep. I hear it all the time from clients who lie awake at night, consumed with worry over upcoming deadlines, new clients, and everything else they need to manage. With all of that going on in their heads, it’s no wonder they aren’t getting any sleep.
Sound familiar? You’re in good company if you’re overworked and underpaid, but you don’t have to stay that way. Join the ranks of a new group of business owners—those who’ve taken it upon themselves to achieve a better work/life balance and stop the cycle of overwhelming exhaustion.
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Research shows when we don’t get enough sleep, we don’t think clearly. Our energy levels are low, our moods are less predictable, and we’re less likely to carry out critical or creative thinking processes. When you spend half the night awake, you not only spend the next day feeling cranky and detached, but you also compromise the business savvy that got you to where you are today.
Ready to sleep peacefully at night? Start here:
Specifically in the few hours before you go to bed, switch off those screens. With everything from our smartphones and tablets to our laptops and televisions, we’re constantly connected. Even the most high-powered thinker needs to disengage for a while to get real rest.
What you eat can have a surprising impact on your quality of rest. Higher protein levels are regularly associated with fewer sleep problems, so make sure you’re getting enough protein to encourage some healthy shut-eye.
Get Up, Get Moving
Spend some time every morning getting some movement in. Whether you take a short walk, do some hotel room stretches, or go for a 10-mile run is up to you, but getting your endorphins going can help keep you focused through the day, and make it easier to sleep at night.
You may not be ready to become the next meditation guru, but spending some time in a calm, quiet environment every day can help your brain detox from all of that constant information. Even if you’re just sitting on the couch at the end of a long day, take a few deep breaths and give your brain a chance to slow down.
Stick to a Schedule
You’re already great at sticking to a routine when it comes to getting the job done. Now apply that same thinking to your bedtime routine. Stick to a consistent bedtime, with the same schedule of actions every night, and you’ll be more likely to train your mind and body that it’s time to rest.
Throughout your workday, talk it out. Talk to your leadership team, your managers, your staff, and your clients. The more often you check in, and the more connections you can make, the better you’ll understand the pace and pulse of your business from every aspect, which can make it a lot easier to get some sleep.
Write It Down
If you find yourself unable to fall asleep—or waking up over and over—because you just can’t stop thinking about tomorrow’s to-do list, keep a notebook next to your bed. Every time you wake up with a must-do, write it down. That way you won’t have to stress over forgetting, and you can sleep more peacefully.
A well-rested business owner makes better business decisions, but even more importantly, is a lot happier. Your business success can be incredibly gratifying, but not if you’re too tired to enjoy it. Start with these 7 tips for a better night’s sleep, and share your own ways to leave the stress behind and get some healthy rest.