By Guest Writer, Jay Tapper
Many coaches and clients find that work, family and community commitments take up the majority of their time. There seems to be little time left for themselves and their self care. They end up choosing to go with less sleep in order to manage their demanding schedules or they try to sleep and cannot.
Quality sleep reduces stress, provides growth and repair for the body, and improves your thought process. Sleep deprivation causes changes in mood and impairs decision making. Adequate amounts of sleep may vary from 6 to 10 hours depending upon the individual. More importantly, the quality of your sleep is more imperative than the quantity.
Here are tips to improve the quality of your sleep:
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and meals before bedtime
- Allow yourself time to wind down before turning in
- Take a hot shower before going to bed
- Control your sleep environment (temperature, noise, lighting)
- Learn and practice relaxation techniques
- Stock up on sleep in preparation for future sleepless periods
- Turn your clock so you can’t look at it during sleepless nights
- Go to bed on a regular schedule
The result will be improved physical and mental energy that will take you to the next level.
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Jay L. Tapper, President of ActivEdge, “Keeping Fit in the Real World” ~715-393-8767 ~ www.activedgewi.com