How Sleep Hygiene Can Impact your Waking Life
Everyone knows that sleep is essential, but have you ever considered the impact it has on your personal and professional life?
One or two nights of interrupted sleep can easily be recovered from, but a continuous habit of not prioritising good quality sleep can wreak havoc on your potential at work and at home.
Amongst the daily ups and downs of juggling work, exercise and a social/love life, sleep may be the most easily forgotten part of a healthy lifestyle, when you factor in that you’re not even conscious during it. But developing a good sleep routine is just as important for your waking life as solid exercise and a leafy green diet.
Studies have shown that sleep deprivation negatively affects job performance, as without adequate sleep, employees have difficulty concentrating, learning new tasks and communicating effectively with colleagues- being a caffeinated zombie doesn’t make for an inspiring leader or hard working co-worker.
3 Good Sleep Hygiene Habits To Do Tonight
1. Put your phone in a different room
The drama of your social circle playing out on instagram may be riveting but the blue light emitted from our phones has been said to negatively impact our circadian rhythm and lead to feelings of wakefulness- the opposite of what you want in bed. The same goes for checking emails in bed. Keep your sleep routine and work life separate.
2. Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool
If you struggle with insomnia or overthinking at bedtime, it is essential to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary with no distractions. A cool bedroom with no distracting noises or bright lights helps aid sleepiness and keep you asleep.
3. Go to sleep at roughly the same time each night
This may be tricky to stick to, particularly on the weekends. But establishing consistency is at the heart of success. Going to bed and rising at around the same time every night and morning makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up without snoozing your alarm 10 times.