Getting Deep About Sleep

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental stress.” Moral of the story? Hit the lights at a reasonable hour, people! Sleeping is what keeps us going throughout the day so don’t mess with it. Here are three quick tips that will increase productivity at work and help you catch some more ZZZs at night:

  1. “But First, Coffee” Isn’t Always the Answer

At work it’s easy to turn to coffee or other caffeine-filled treats for a little afternoon pick-me-up. That 2:30 feeling haunts us all – especially on Fridays. But next time you reach for a piece of chocolate or Starbucks is calling your name, skip it! Ingesting caffeine will only disrupt sleeping habits. If your body feels tired in the middle of the afternoon, try drinking water, walking around for a few minutes or listening to music!

  1. Break Out the Stress Ball

Staying busy is a requirement for most professionals in the business world, but you might want to rethink the workload. Taking on too many projects and putting in long hours at the office is going to create a lot of unwanted stress. As a result, sleeping patterns will suffer. In order to get a healthy amount of sleep to be able to function properly, meet daily goals and succeed at your job, don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t put too much on your plate. There is a fine line between balancing several different projects and taking on a workload that leaves you wide-eyed at 3 a.m.

  1. Leave Work AT Work

Sometimes work requires additional time at home. While working after leaving the office to hit a deadline is acceptable, creating a habit of late nights at home is not the best idea. As a rule of thumb, create a healthy enough work-life balance so you can leave work at work (most of the time). Your body will thank you for it when your sleep schedule stays on track. Staring at computer screens and iPhones will interfere with the ability to fall asleep. Ideally, everyone should put down the devices about a half hour before snoozing or at the very least call it quits on work assignments to let your body rest!

At the end of the day, we can’t control all of the factors that disrupt our sleeping schedules. However, being aware of things we can control will help create healthier habits for when it’s time to get some shut eye. Do you have a tip for sleeping habits? Feel free to share below:

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