Improving Your Sleep Improves Your Waking Hours

bedThe other day, I shared my story of how I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and how, now that I'm treated, I have experienced an increase in my personal productivity.Today, I'm going to talk some about how you can increase your productivity and sleep success if you don't have a sleep disorder. So many of my clients will tell me that their bedroom is stressful. Is that what it should be? Of course not! Here are some things you can do to set yourself up for success:

Reserve your bedroom for sleep and intimacy only
If you have any of the following in your bedroom — put them somewhere else in your home.

  • computer
  • work reading
  • technical reading
  • piles of papers
  • piles of anything!
  • toys
  • etc.

If you only have one place in your home that you feel relaxed, let it be your bedroom.

Keep it dark, quiet and cool
Experts will tell you that these three elements will aid in your sleep success. Recently, my husband installed a room darkening shade to our large bedroom window and we have both felt that our sleep has been much better.

Schedule continuous sleep
Sleeping in patches is not as good for you as sleeping in 6-8 continuous hours of sleep every night. Your body needs to go through numerous different stages of sleep. If you don't have time for your body to go through those stages, you are not getting as restorative of a sleep pattern as you can.

What do You Think?

What have you done to change your environment to benefit from better sleep? Do you think these things will make a difference? Have you experienced the benefits of better sleep?

To your success!

Stephanie Calahan

4 thoughts on “Improving Your Sleep Improves Your Waking Hours

  • July 8 2008 at 4:37 am
    Permalink

    I work from a home office and I've always had the rule that work stays out of the bedroom.

    I am currently having insomnia due to my circadian rhythms being off.

    I now am on a strict bedtime schedule and no longer take naps – although I want to.

    I turn on a ceiling fan and lower the temperature in the room to help me sleep better (or try to anyways).

  • July 8 2008 at 11:47 am
    Permalink

    Those are excellent tips. Good luck getting your rhythms balanced out. Insomnia is not fun.
    Steph

  • November 12 2008 at 9:39 pm
    Permalink

    I have no place to put my computer but my bedroom – all of my stuff (with the exception of communal craft supplies and books) has to be contained in my room. I'm working on sifting through the stuff I really don't need, because my room is also rather small.
    I do suffer from insomnia, but I find it easier to get to sleep if I have something on for the first half-hour or something, and my computer lets me do that. Sleeping in a totally dark and quiet room is just about impossible – my brain won't rest unless distracted.

  • November 13 2008 at 11:07 am
    Permalink

    Etymological,

    Thanks for sharing your experience! For many, some kind of background noise is very helpful in getting to sleep. My son goes to sleep significantly faster when there is a fan running. For some, the electronic hum of a computer is very distracting to sleep. If you have found what works for you stick with it!
    To your success!
    Stephanie

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>