“I can sleep when I’m dead”, cries the under-achiever. “Sleep is the best meditation”, proclaims the Dalai Lama. In this exchange who are you more likely to side with? Proper sleep is truly the solution to most of your problems. You’ll be quicker, smarter and easier to get on with. Not to mention successful and all it takes is an adjustment to your sleeping habits.
As LifeHack write: “bad sleeping habits cause our bodies to become worn. Like an engine without an oil change, we start to break down”. But it’s a slow process. Your body is so dedicated to protecting you, it puts everything it has to keep you functioning despite you not giving it the rest it deserves.
To be both successful and happier, you need these 7 tips for being a successful person both asleep and awake.
1. Give your bed opening hours
This is hard for those of you that live in small London flats but try to avoid lying in bed as your default seating position. You need to build associations between your bed and sleeping.
2. Regulate your sleep (but don’t get obsessed)
In order to make sure you’re getting enough sleep, try to monitor how well you’re sleeping and for how long. Invest in an activity tracker to get the most out of this point.
3. Keep a journal
Poor sleeping habits can lead to depression and unhappiness. In order to mitigate this keep a journal and document your thoughts before going to sleep. This will hopefully stop those late nights tossing and turning with heavy loads on your mind.
4. Drink water before and after sleeping
We can’t stress how important it is to stay hydrated. As well as helping you sleep better, needing to pee when you wake up will yank you out of bed better than any alarm.
5. Go to sleep early, wake up early
There are very few success stories that didn’t involve late nights, however, waking up early is the key to organisation. Instead of work being the beginning of your day, early-risers think of it as the middle portion.
6. Keep a cool room
Resarch suggests that 18 degrees celsius is the optimum temperature for a great night’s sleep. Crack a window when you can!
7. Progressive muscle relaxation
You can read more about this in our comprehensive meditation guide but the general idea is to stay focused on your body rather than what’s keeping your mind active.