Did you ever hear the saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise?”
While I love to go to bed early, and get up early, most executives I work with say they feel lucky to get 5 hours of sleep a night.
But this means that their body and brain lose 2-3 hours of the sleep they need for the energy, mental focus and peak productivity the next day.
How long can you expect energy to last without a fully charged battery, without proper sleep?
How can you hope to do your best, if you’ve not slept well the night before?
This is why you don’t want to watch TV and return late-night emails from bed — They can interrupt your body’s natural internal clock and the production cycles of hormones melatonin and cortisol that help you sleep.
Unhealthy, interrupted, and poor sleep patterns can affect even your most basic daily routines.
Which is why it’s so important to think about how you end your day, to set the stage for healthy sleep — to set the stage for an awesome next day.
Research shows that the light from computers and technology signiﬁcantly lowers levels of melatonin, which regulates sleep cycles.
If you constantly wake up or can’t fall asleep, research also shows you could suffer from lower concentration and lower cognitive functioning. Just one sleepless night can cause you to feel foggy, unfocused and scattered.
To ensure that your body is ready to sleep when you go to bed, to create great success tomorrow:
- You must choose ‘before-bed’ activities that set you up for a healthy and restorative night of sleep, like reading, meditation and removing all technology from your bedroom.
- You must reduce stimulating activities 1 hour before bed, and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night, to reap the energy, mental clarity and peak productivity a well restored body oﬀers.
If you do these two simple steps, you literally sleep your way to greater success, because you’ll wake up restored and recharged for all that you want to accomplish!
Don’t underestimate these simple recommendations. You will feel more productive. You will feel more alert and focused. You will feel more energized…
Ask yourself, “what could be possible personally and professionally, if I felt more productive, alert, focused, and energized every day?”
As my client Kathryn said, “I’m getting so much more accomplished now that I’m sleeping better.”
And… I’ve got 4 more simple daily habits like this one that top achievers use to increase their energy by 30% in my free guide, Five to Thrive. You can get a copy here by clicking to download.