[guestpost]This is a guest post by Karlyn. She is a writer who specializes in the wellness and insurance spaces. She believes the best ingredient for success is getting a great night’s sleep the night before. [/guestpost]
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are endless, affecting everything from your business success, productivity, relationships and more.
But getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done – and one in three people on your team aren’t getting enough sleep.
It’s easy to get consumed by a goal or project and forget about self-care (and sleep!)
But the reason why so many HR professionals are dedicated to helping their teams achieve work-life balance and health and wellness – it’s because people are more productive when they are healthy and well-rested.
A lack of sleep has been directly linked to premature death and chronic illnesses.
It also leads to poor decision-making, which can impact your business’ bottom line in a big way, especially the higher up the chain you go.
How to Encourage Your Team To Get a Good Night’s Rest
So how much sleep should adults be getting anyway?
Like most questions pertaining to health, the answer varies and is based on a number of factors including our genetics.
On average, an adult should strive to get seven to eight hours.
With work obligations, family time, and personal goals and commitments, it can seem impossible to log that much shuteye.
Luckily, there are multiple ways your team can focus on getting a good night’s rest.
We’ve outlined a few of them below.
Put the phone away before bed: As a rule of thumb, don’t bring your phone to bed with you. Plug it into a corner of the room you can’t reach easily 1-2 hours before bedtime. The blue light from your phone keeps you awake for longer and can make REM sleep more difficult to achieve.
Don’t drink alcohol: While substances such as alcohol may make you sleepy, it won’t help you get a good night’s rest. Drinking before bed reduces your chances of achieving REM sleep.
Avoid work first thing in the AM: If you check your email when you first wake up, you are doing it wrong. Develop a morning routine that focuses on your mental and physical health first, before you dive into work. You don’t want to start the day stressed. Start it instead by getting outside, whether on a morning jog or short walk. Then enjoy a healthy breakfast, get dressed, and get prepared to start your work-day.
Avoid late naps: Taking a nap in the late afternoon or early evening can make it harder to sleep at bedtime. If you’re tired after work, power through and then go to bed earlier. If you absolutely need a nap, don’t sleep for more than a half-hour.
To help your team get even more out of your sleep, Bestow has created a visual that details how sleep can extend your life. Share this with your team so you can be healthier, happier, and ready to hustle harder during the day!