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The Healthy Benefits of Sleep 

The recommended amount of time adults should be sleeping every evening is 7-8 hours. But you can’t get those all-important hours in if you’re working late into the night or pulling all-nighters. When you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep, you aren’t performing at your peak.

The Benefits of Slumber, Why You Need a Good Night’s Sleep posted by the National Institute of Health, outlines all the amazing benefits of sleep. The other side of that coin is the negative impact lack of sleep can have in all aspects of your life. 

As Dr. Merrill Mitler explains, “Loss of sleep impairs your higher levels of reasoning, problem-solving and attention to detail.”

A Workaholic’s Guide to More Restful Sleep 

When I was younger, I could sleep anywhere, anytime—day or night. If I was tired, I could take a nap and wake up refreshed. Somewhere along the way that all changed, my sleeping habits took a turn for the worse. I would lay in bed tossing and turning, my mind racing as though engaged in a marathon. Naps were a thing of the past. Sleep became my enemy and added stress to my already stressful life. 

Looking back now, I can see that my sleep problems started the second workaholism snatched me within its grips. My schedule and diet were erratic. I wasn’t exercising or eating healthy, and I was drinking caffeine at random times to keep up with the impossible pace I had created for myself. To add fuel to the sleepless fire, I was drinking too much alcohol. All these things combined with an overall stressful life played a part in my sleep disorder.

When we're working too much, and racing through the day at record-breaking speeds, our body and mind are moving too fast. This makes it difficult to slow down at bedtime. Additionally, when you’re addicted to work, you’re never in “off” mode. Your job has a permanent residency in your head. Your mind is constantly mulling over issues, brainstorming new ideas, all work, all day, all night, all the time. If your brain doesn’t know how to leave work, it doesn’t care where you are, at your desk, at a business dinner, or lying in bed trying to get some much-needed sleep.

Important note before we jump into the good stuff and get you moving towards deeper, more productive nights of sleep. There may be underlying physical or medical conditions impacting your sleep, so it’s recommended you discuss your issues with a medical professional to rule out any potential issues first.

How can I get better sleep? 

You may not even realize you’re underperforming due to sleep deprivation. Or maybe you do, and you just don’t know how to fix it. The good news is, there is hope. You don’t have to continue living in a haze of sleep deprivation. 

Kick Ass And Have A Life link to book provides a list of tools to help improve your quality of sleep and sleep schedule. We examine these tools in The Sleep Toolbox. 

Giving your body the gift of sleep and rest is required to have a Kick Ass Life. Here are a few tips to help you get to sleep easier, faster, and incorporate those much-needed ZZZZZZZ’s into your life.

1. Stop drinking caffeine and alcohol in the evening
2. Try Meditation before bedtime to quiet your mind
3. Stop working by 6:00 PM and create a bedtime ritual
4. Add a white noise machine  to help you fall asleep.
5. Shut down Television and computers at least a couple of hours before bedtime.

What tips have helped you experience more restful nights? Comment below!

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Stay Tuned,
Paula Marie