I get it - talking about sleep ain't that sexy or exciting.
And the only downtime you have are evenings with Netflix (plus a little vino, eh?).
This is another area that can be WAY overcomplicated because the things that make the biggest difference are (like we’ve established) not very sexy. But I am 100% confident that these 4 practices can transform your sleep. And when sleep is upgraded, so is everything from your mind to your body to your productivity.
4 Steps to a Sexier Sleepytime
(man, I love me some alliteration)
1. PIMP. YO. BEDROOM
You’re going for a delighted “ahhhhhh” when you walk in. Spark some freaking joy from the cleared off surfaces, blacked out drapes, chilly temps…heck, pop a salt lamp in the corner for some mood lighting.
2. Bedtime Routine Essentials
A 15-20min ritual can make ALL the difference:
3. STOP snoozing intentionally
I was QUEEN of setting my alarm early, so I could roll back over. You’re groggy because your body is getting whiplash between waking up & falling asleep. Nix the first 2 alarms, count down from 5 and GET UP. Expose yourself to light as soon as possible and take 5 deep breaths. You got this.
4. Midday Stress Practice
Your stress is building up throughout the day like a cup of water in the sink. Either you minimize the amount coming in or your figure out how to process it more efficiently. Pour it out by pausing for 3-5 minutes throughout the day to log off your brain, breathe or be still. Walks around the office/outside are effective as well.