Sleep. What most of us don’t get enough of? You may have already heard that we require seven to eight hours of sleep per day but honestly, who really gets eight hours of sleep after they turn the age of majority?
One thing that we are aware of is how tired we are. In Arianna Huffington’s book “The Sleep Revolution” she points out that if you type the words “why am I” into the search field that Google’s autocomplete function – based on the most common searches – finishes your thought by suggesting the phrase “why am I so tired?” She also states that “we may be what we eat, but also, to be sure, we are how we sleep.”
Most of us are unaware of how much sleep we are getting, let alone the quality of that sleep. Being aware of your sleep (or lack of) will allow you to find a creative solution to break patterns that are keeping you up late at night or causing your restlessness or awake periods while you sleep.
The need for sleep is one of the very few things that all human beings have in common. But we also have a need to get a lot of things done.
So, it’s hard for us to grasp that the do nothing sleep strategy would actually allow us to perform better in all areas of our life including relationships and career. Moreover, our productivity would skyrocket, and we would be able to serve more people.
What I have found that many people don’t grasp is that lack of sleep is the underlying cause for many of today’s chronic health problems such as anxiety, depression, weight gain and low immunity.
Here’s my Top 5 Sleep Prescriptions:
- Use the Kill Switch: At a pre-determined time each night, turn off all electronic devices and sources of light.
- Reading and Journaling: Reading helps you relax but make sure to choose material that will literally “put you to sleep.” Also, include evening journaling into your bedtime ritual to reflect and close the day.
- Bedtime snacks: Including evening snacks which contain high amounts of the amino acid tryptophan (dairy products, bananas, and honey) which will help induce sleep.
- Sleep on it: If you’re unable to solve a problem before you go to bed, don’t stress it, rather sleep on it and let your subconscious work on a solution while your sleeping. You will be pleasantly surprised when you awake, and the answer magically appears.
- Keep it Dark, Cool and Quiet: Your sleeping environment is critical!
Lastly, being aware of the amount and quality of sleep is a great starting point. Using a written sleep journal, or an app with a sleep tracking option will allow you to see how your evening routine will help or hinder your sleep.
On a final note, always remember that sleep is not a privilege, it’s a priority if you expect to live more, love more and of course, Inspire to Aspire.
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