As a small business owner, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. After all, who has time to get six to eight hours a night?
Getting enough sleep could be just what your company needs to grow.
Why You Need More Sleep
Your sleep tonight will affect how productive you are tomorrow. When you don’t get enough, you can’t focus as well, so you could be making poor decisions. If you make poor decisions or lose a day of productivity, you might harm your business down the road.
When you’re sleepy, you’re more likely to lash out at your employees. If you treat your employees poorly, they’ll start to leave.
You might also ignore your employees’ opinions when you’re tired. When you ignore your employees’ opinions, you’re saying their views aren’t important, and you could be missing out on some great insight.
You need to be healthy to run your business. When you get enough sleep, you reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and weight gain.
When you get enough sleep, you’ll be happier. Your happiness will be contagious, and you’ll have a happier workplace all around.
8 Ways to Get More Sleep
Accepting that you need to get more sleep is the easy part. How do you actually go about getting more sleep?
Choose the Right Bed
Making sure you have the right bed is the first step in getting enough sleep. If you’re not sleeping comfortably, you won’t get quality sleep, no matter how long you sleep.
Choose a mattress that’s neither too firm nor too soft, so you don’t end up with lower-back pain or cricks in your neck.
Avoid Caffeine Late in the Day
Sure, caffeine is great for waking you up in the morning, but it could also keep you from sleeping at night. Try to avoid caffeine four to six hours before bedtime to ensure you sleep well.
Avoid Big Meals Before Bed
If you eat a big meal too close to bedtime, the energy used to digest your food may keep you awake. Try to finish big meals at least two hours before you go to sleep.
If you want a late-night snack, stick with something rich in protein or fat – like avocados or almond butter.
Set a Sleep Schedule
Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day (yes, even weekends). Your biological clock will stay steady, so you’ll actually be tired at bedtime.
When you first set a sleep schedule, set an alarm at night to remind yourself it’s time to go to bed.
Turn Off Your Screens
Using your smartphone, computer, or watching TV too close to bedtime will affect your sleep. The light from your devices will tell your brain to stay awake and alert, so you won’t get quality sleep.
Instead of browsing the internet or watching TV to relax before bed, find something else to do – like yoga, meditation, or reading a book.
Don’t Work in Bed
Make sure you use your bed only for sleeping. If you’re working from home, do it at a desk or your dining room table, not your bed. If you can help it, stay out of your bedroom entirely when you’re not sleeping so your body knows that it’s time to sleep when you get into bed.
Exercising helps you sleep better. Exercising doesn’t have to take a lot of time; it could just be a short walk during lunch.
Bask in the Sun
Sunlight helps regulate your circadian rhythms, so you sleep better. Take a walk at lunch or work by a window (if you can) to get more sunlight during the day.