5 Tips for Better Sleep

A rough night…

Work is hard and stressful enough without coming into the day already exhausted.  And too many people come to work just like that: dead on their feet.  Some of it is part of the inevitable strain of life, but some of it is avoidable, like a bad night of sleep.  In fact, there are few people who wouldn’t be benefited by a better night of sleep.  Being too tired or just not adequately refreshed does not usually compute into a productive work day.  Most would agree that working while exhausted makes them more prone to errors and stress.  They find it difficult to sustain a good work flow and keep the mind focused.  That said, it pays to be more rested.  Sometimes it feels easier said than done, though.

Thus, I thought it might helpful to lay out a few tips for getting better rest at night.

Tips for Better Sleep

Here are some tips/steps to help fall {and stay} asleep for a better night’s rest.  Some of them may be obvious, but it may be helpful in case you haven’t thought of it in a while.

  • Establish a bed time routine.  I know it sounds like I’m talking about kids, but it’s something we do for babies and small children that we forget to do for ourselves.  A bed time routine helps us wind down and feel more relaxed so we can drift off to sleep.  Instead of running around doing last-minute chores, try taking a bath or reading in bed to help your eyes get sleepy.  
  • Be consistent with your sleep total.  It’s hard, especially when it’s the weekend, but trying to go to bed at roughly the same time and getting up at roughly the same time each night and morning will help your body get consistent rest.
  • Limit your eating and drinking before bed.  Your tummy and your bladder will thank you, and you’ll sleep better because you don’t have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
  • Try a sound machine and/or ear plugs.  A good sound machine will help you tune out your mid-night sound track, such as street noise.  Some sound machines are even directed at sleep issues.  Ear plugs can also be helpful, especially if your partner snores right next to you.
  • Try a sleep aid.  If all else fails, you can consult a medical professional for sleep aids.  It’s wise to get a professional opinion and not self-diagnose and -medicate.

Getting a good night of sleep is essential for us all, and especially for a productive day at work, so be sure to take what steps you can to get yours.