The damn alarm clock rings. Ugh, I can’t believe it’s already 6 a.m. It feels like I just went to sleep! Of course, I would snooze for the next 30-40 minutes before jumping out of bed running around and rushing to get to work on time. I was tired and frantic…all the time.
Getting a full night of quality sleep—emphasis on quality—is one of the most important things that you can do to keep your body healthy. Unfortunately, for some, achieving that can be a struggle.
The list of reasons why you’re not getting a good night’s sleep can be endless, and with the list of consequences numbering just as high. If you’re not getting enough sleep, then you’re not going to be rested enough to tackle what you need to do during your daylight hours. The cycle will only continue and worsen if you do not attempt to change parts of your lifestyle.
Poor sleep can come from something as simple as your thoughts keeping you up at night, to an overly loud sleep environment, to your diet and the times of day you choose to eat, your hormones, or even the simple fact that your bedroom is a mess.
There’s an easy solution, isn’t there? If you can’t get the sleep you need during your hectic work week, just catch up on all that sleep during the weekend.
If you have a set schedule during the week, one where you wake up to get to work at the same time every day, then it is in your best interest to NOT sleep in until noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Not only will your body’s finely tuned internal clock be completely out of whack when you wake up over the weekend (you know, that bone-deep grogginess you feel that makes it all the more difficult to even get out of bed), but come Sunday, you won’t have a good chance of getting to sleep at the time you need to in order to be rested for your 6 a.m. snooze fest on Monday morning, let alone to get through a full day of work.
There’s nothing wrong with sleeping in once in a while, but keeping a consistent sleep schedule is one of the most important keys to achieving lasting rest that will minimize the stresses of your daily life.
But, consistent sleep schedule or not, what if, try as you might, you’re NOT getting the lasting rest you know you need in order to be both productive and healthy?
First, you must diagnose what’s affecting your sleep.
And for most, it’s stress or burnout, or worse, a combination of both.
Over the last decade, the number of Americans who have experienced the physical or psychological symptoms related to stress in any given month has increased dramatically. The physical symptoms include fatigue, headache, upset stomach, muscle tension, change in appetite, teeth grinding, change in sex drive or feeling dizzy, while the psychological effects of stress involve experiencing irritability or anger, feeling nervous, a lack of energy, or feeling as though you could cry.
Any and all of these symptoms lead to a poor night’s sleep, which only serves to exacerbate the scope of that stress and burnout.
What are the top-three stress triggers? Money, the workplace, and economic stress. (And if you live in the US, add on political stress). Among employees, almost two-thirds say that they suffer high levels of stress in combination with extreme fatigue.
But burnout? That’s even more pervasive in our everyday lives. Work Safe Australia found that burnout contributes a 20 billion dollar “stress bill” that businesses foot every year. A 2010 study from Kobau, Sniezek, Zack, Lucas, and Burns shows that only 20% of American adults are thriving today, which means a staggering 80% AREN’T thriving.
Fortunately, I can help you get both the sleep you need and the ability to thrive in your life and career.
With my free eBook, Sleep, the Ultimate Bedtime Guide, I deliver techniques that are impactful, real, and will teach you how to diagnose your sleep issues. Not only that but in Sleep, the Ultimate Bedtime Guide, I will walk you through designing your own sleep routine in THREE simple steps:
- Removing distractions
- Winding down
Not only will you find a list of quick fixes (did you know that there is an ideal ambient temperature that you should keep your bedroom in order to get a good night’s sleep?), but you will also find a 5-Day Comprehensive Sleep Challenge, in which you can track your habits and identify the patterns that lead to a good night’s sleep—or a not so good night.
Finally, Sleep, the Ultimate Bedtime Guide will walk you through designing a sleep routine that will help you minimize your stress and diminish your burnout, bringing new life to your waking hours.
So, if you’re stressed, burnt out, or practicing poor sleep hygiene, Sleep, the Ultimate Bedtime Guide will help you take the steps to getting the sleep you need.
And once you’ve completed the 5-Day Comprehensive Sleep Challenge, continue the conversation and get a complimentary design session to build your sleep routine with an expert.