Getting serious about sleep
I used to be able to work late into the night, grab 5 hours of sleep and then come back and kick butt. But those days are long gone. Recently I’ve been reading more and more about the science and need for sleep. A summary of top tips:
You’ve got to have a black room. So grab some thick black duck tape and cover over any LED’s. Get some blackout curtains and eliminate any other ambient lights from the hallway.
If you’ve ever slept in the tropics without A/C, you know that heat and sleep are not compatible. Chill your room a little, not so much that it’s uncomfortable, and you’ll snooze through the night.
Put your electronics to sleep first.
It’s easy to spend the night browsing social media or checking your emails. Keep your laptop charger in another room so you won’t be tempted. Charge your phone away from your bed. Most phones nowadays come with an option that stops all notifications but still lets phone calls through.
Your body’s natural rhythm requires that you have ‘ON’ periods before you can have a sleepy ‘OFF’ period. Most of the day, when you’re sitting at your desk, you’re in standby mode. So make sure you get some exercise so you can switch off at the end of the day.
This was obvious. Cut the caffeine before you sleep. Some people can drink coffee until 6pm and be fine, for others it’s much earlier. Learn your limit.
Ask little kids everywhere. Bedtime routines are what make the world go around. Don’t just limit it to a time that you jump in bed though. Build in things you really enjoy; whether it’s buying a fancy new toothbrush, reading a book you love or a really good facial scrub.
Good luck and sweet dreams!