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You need to wake up – literally.
If you find yourself rushing through your days with a cup of coffee glued to your hands you’re doing life wrong.
Most working professionals need between 7 – 9 hours of sleep at night to be fully productive, but the truth is most struggle to get that. As a person’s career develops and they start to take on more responsibility, this can eat up into your sleeping time. Late nights and early mornings in the office can really cause detriment to your health – so much so that you become less able to fulfil your job requirements.
It’s also stated that if you lose one REM cycle per night (which occurs after six hours sleep) you end up losing around 7 hours a sleep per night as your organs are unable to repair. Work, then, can literally kill you.
So, to stay alive, and to possibly land yourself that next big promotion, follow these handy tips:
Go to the gym in the evening:
Exercising in the morning is a dreadful idea – you’re all cold and sleepy which means you’re prone to accidents. Instead you should sleep for that extra hour and hit the gym in the evening – your body will be grateful for that much needed hour of snooze-time.
Take a hot shower or bath before sleeping:
Taking a hot shower will redirect blood from your brain to your skin which in turn relaxes your body temperature. As soon as you enter your chilly bedroom (which we’ll get on to) your body temperature will plummet and this helps to initiate deep sleep.
Make sure your room is around 18 – 21 degrees:
Also, make sure the humidity is around 60 to 70% if you can – of course, not everybody has that luxury. A cool room promotes deep sleep and a humid room makes it easier to breathe. It also feels good snuggling up in a cold bed which releases endorphins. Overall, don’t freeze but definitely don’t boil. Maybe even try sleeping in the buff as it is proven to help you get a better nights sleep.
Get to bed an hour earlier than normal:
That one hour extra at night can be so beneficial it’s ridiculous. If you normally only get 5 hours, you’ll end up with that extra nights sleep.