Finding balance is difficult in the modern world. Between school/work obligations, personal recreation time and socializing with family and friends, it can seem as though there simply is not enough hours in a day to accomplish everything. And that’s before even considering getting enough sleep each night.
If you are struggling to fit sleep into your busy schedule, here’s some tips to help you get the sleep you need to feel your best.
Set a sleep alarm – Have you ever woken up feeling exhausted and promised yourself you would start going to bed earlier, only to look at your watch later that night and realize you’ve stayed up far too late once again? Most of us set an alarm to wake up, but setting an alarm to remind yourself to go to bed can help overcome this common problem. With a bedtime reminder alarm, you won’t lose track of time and miss out on a valuable night’s sleep.
Make a daily to-do list – Start your day with making a to-do list. This will help you to figure out what you need to achieve for the day. Scrambling to complete something important at midnight that slipped your mind during the day is no fun and will most likely disrupt your sleeping schedule.
Don’t take on too much – Spreading yourself too thin is a surefire way to set yourself up for sleep deprivation. Taking on fewer tasks and completing them well is a much more effective than struggling to keep up with countless projects. Focusing on a select few projects allows you to deliver excellence.
Encourage sleep – Practicing good sleep habits will make it that little bit easier to establish a healthy sleeping schedule. Start with the basics – no caffeine after 4 p.m., no exercise within two hours of bedtime and limit exposure to backlit devices such as phones, laptops and iPads an hour before bedtime. Keep your sleeping space clean, cool and comfortable.
Make wellness a priority – Put your health and wellness first. Sleep is a key component in maintaining overall health. Educating one’s self about the importance of sleep makes it easier to prioritize sleeping enough each night. Those who don’t sleep enough are more likely to be overweight, suffer from chronic disease and struggle with mental health issues. Sleeping 7-9 hours per night reduces the risk of suffering from these common health problems.
Equipped with enough sleep, you’ll be able to take on your daily tasks with boundless energy and experience greater productivity, achieving more in less time. Let us know if any of these suggestions help you squeeze more sleep into your busy schedule!