Almost every entrepreneur usually find it difficult to sleep. We do pat ourselves when we quit the 9 to 5. It is a great feeling, but it comes with an excruciating side effect which usually kicks in around 10:30 pm. Running your own business might be the best thing in the whole world but it is pretty stressful.
You might stay awake because you have a thousand ideas spinning around in your head. You might doze off and find yourself awake again; you might be trying desperately not to forget an important detail, or you might just be worried and go to bed having thought about the dark side of your business future. One of these or more will keep you awake every single day and they kind of look inevitable because they are part of your business and you.
Being self-employed and having a good sleep is not usually a mutual restrictive choice you have to make as an entrepreneur. We will totally break down everything you need to be your own ship’s captain and still get a perfect night rest simultaneously.
It may not occur to you just how important a good night rest is, but your all night long work attitude is not always a good idea. You might be lucky to be getting away with it all this while, but you won’t always be that lucky, and you might eventually lose a lot as a result of that sleeplessness catching up with you.
Sometimes you overhear the so called macho entrepreneur proudly arguing on who sleeps less. So also, some leading entrepreneurs run numerous experiments on themselves with the lone goal of cutting down their eight hours. Some who are not attempting to cut down their sleep might still not be sleeping as well as they should. All these things affect you physically, whether you know they do or not, they still affect you and the effect tends to aggravate as time goes on.
A researcher at Harvard has proven beyond reasonable doubt that not getting more than 4 hours sleep more than five times consecutively can have an impact on your attention, memory and your thinking speed. Sleeplessness makes them legally intoxicated.
Although discovery may not conform to a certain curve, it is very safe to believe that some few hour less than the normal adequate sleep, occurring repeatedly will result in some ineffectiveness that you could experience after taking a lunchtime bear or more.
As a matter of fact, sleep is so important for that perfect mental function you require as an entrepreneur. You might be lucky to get away with something less than the expected hours of sleep, but it usually mean you are over working not working smart.
Here are few tips on how to sleep better and work smarter than you always have
Amend Your Relationship with Caffeine
If you are the type that prefers this wonder drug as your entrepreneurial tool for productivities, it might be the major contributing factor to your insomnia issues. Even if you don’t take caffeine in the evening and afternoon (whether you are or you stopped), the experience of withdrawal that you face while sleeping at night can have you grinding your teeth or produce all kinds of nasties.
So also, if you are the type that wakes up with the “need coffee now” a headache, then the quality of your sleep is not the best it should be.
Be Wary of What You Eat Before Bed
If you are the type that takes food with high level of sugar, you will have a sugar rush which means you will turn and toss longer than you should be. You should totally eliminate the sugary snacks if possible and stick to protein and fats if you must eat before bed.
Always Leave Your Phone in Another Room or Far Away from You
Smart phones are the best and worst things that happened to productivity. The fact that you can always check your email and every single component of your business right there when you are dozing off does not mean you should always do it. Doing so means you are activating many conditioned response. The good side is that you will have a great idea for you business the following morning, and the bad side is that you will start to get worried about whatever problem your business is battling with at the moment.
Find a Means of Recording Last Minute Thought
As an entrepreneur, you might have a million ideas about things you should and could do that will make your business better. Your unconscious mind will always through up reminders naturally, and this will come in a type of bedtime epiphanies. This, on all occasions, will be the best idea you have ever had.
You might want to have a notebook close to your bed when you find it difficult to fall asleep because you will have good idea overload. You might want to have them written down until there is nothing more to write about.
Going Straight from Your Furious Emails to Bed Is Certainly a Bad Idea
Business and sleep are two different things, and you must give time for your unconscious mind to switch between the two. It is advisable to schedule at least two hours of work-free relaxation before going to bed. This will ensure that you don’t cheat on your sleep with your business and vice versa.
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