In an article entitled ‘Do Better in Your Waking Hours by Sleeping Better’, author John McKee argues that in order to be successful at your job you need to have quality sleep. “When you are sleep deprived, you become more emotional, more irritable, and less clear-headed.”
Clearly, sleep is important for your mood, but a study by the APA found that more than 60% of us have sleep problems, and 40% of adults experience daytime sleepiness. Though there is no standard for how many hours of sleep you should get a night, it’s important that the hours you do lend toward sleeping, are the best possible. John offers some tips for getting a good nights rest:yawning

1. De-stress before you go to bed. Take 30 minutes before bedtime to think of all the things you need to do tomorrow, and everything that happened throughout the day, so you’re not thinking about it once you’re in bed.

2. Don’t sleep with a LED alarm clock next to your bed. You get in the habit of looking at the time when you wake up in the night, which causes you to think in your sleep. Also, the light prevents you fromĀ  having a dark room.

3. Caffeine at noon can still be in your system at midnight. Make sure you’re not over-indulging on caffeine products.

4. TV has no place in the bedroom, it may help you fall asleep but it can also disrupt your sleep.

5. Walk around. If you’re in bed and you can’t fall asleep, or you’ve woken up and can’t go back to sleep- get out of the environment, walk around and then come back and start over.

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