Its 7.46 am and your sitting at your desk, your daily planner is chockers and your admin support have already started doubling up your “must do today…or else” meetings.
Your phone is constantly vibrating like it’s having an epic seizure…because people want to dump their problems on you as quick as they can handpass the footy before getting crash tackled by a 180 kg centre half back!
And you feel like crap…tired, grumpy, irritable.
Jay, your operations manager walks in and starts going on and on about the latest stuff up on the warehouse floor last night and wants you to deal with it….like… why me?
Your “primitive “part of your brain kicks in and ….you explode!
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- Your body loves a good routine
Start an evening ritual so that your brain recognizes you are getting ready to sleep, get your PJ’s on, clean your teeth at a particular time.
Get up at the same time; even on the weekends…yeah I know that one sucks!
Heard of Jet Lag? You don’t even have to leave home.
Stay up late Friday night,
Sleep in Saturday morning,
Do a “Real” late one Saturday night “coz you’re an 18 yr. old again,
Sleep in till Sunday lunch,
Then struggle big time when that 5.45am alarms screams at you to get your butt outta bed Monday morning!
You know that social media doesn’t stop…there’s always your cousins first born child’s monumental first steps up on You Tube that ya gotta look at.
Or your LinkedIn group chatter about ‘the best bully busting tactics”.
Read some fiction, look at a travel brochure, talk to the person next to you…then go to sleep
- Get rid of the Floodlight!
Better still, a Fridge light bulb, anything that mimics the power output of a caveman candle.
Lights over 40 watts stimulate our brains and that’s what we don’t want when trying to induce sleep- same reason why electronic blue light emitting things suck before bedtime
That’s right…in the mornings only!
Especially if you are sensitive to it.
This stuff is wonderful for creating short bursts of energy, but like any drug “what goes up…must come down”.
It also messes up stress hormones, so ease up on the late arvo double shots.
This drug can hang around your system for 6-12 hours, so if you like listening to your partner snore, get another short black into you after dinner!
Yup, that’s right good ole fashioned water…minimum of 2-3 litres a day depending on what you’re up to.
No arguments ok!
- Liquid in fancy bottles and cans…well depending on your budget this week
It’s the stuff that humankind has taken a shine to over thousands of years…Alcohol.
Yeah sure it can help put you to sleep, but plays havoc big time with the quality and quantity of your sleep.
I mean really… have you ever woken up refreshed after drinking?
Do I need to say more…well unless you’re an Alcoholic, and that then becomes a whole different conversation?
- Who you Sleepin with?
So your partner is HOT, well lucky you, or maybe you poor thing!
Waken up all night sweating, tossing and turning?
Buy 2 king singles stick ‘em together, they get the Artic proof doona and “basting” mattress while you happily get a good firm bed with “sensible” cotton blankets.
If you’ve got one of those huge modern new homes where the master bedroom takes up the backyard then you’re onto a winner!
- How’s you’re thinking…does it hurt at night!
Wayward teenage kids.
There a lots of techniques around managing thoughts and stress which I’ll cover in another article.
- Unsticking the Velcro from your butt and chair.
Or trying to put your teenage son down in a classic UFC submission hold on the back yard lawn….why not… he probably deserved it!
This is good for the brain…free feel good endorphins and it’s legal.
Get some today!
- Be wary of the big bad wolf…
Think twice about long term use of sleeping medication, be it the stuff your GP prescribes, or your friends sister gets from somewhere.
They can make things worse.
So have a think about these tips, try them out, and it will have to be longer than a week or two, and yeah it means changing some parts of your life.
If its help you, then your work colleagues and subordinates will love you a just little bit more and your stress levels will drop like a thermometer in a blast freezer!
Sleep Well and be an Awesome Manager!
To Watch Video version please click here http://productiveminds.com.au/2015/08/10-sleep-tips/