Sleepless Australians are almost 80% less productive and recent research by Deloitte shows that this costs our economy an estimated $17.9 billion in lost productivity. A lack of sleep can lead to an inability to function at normal levels of alertness, concentration and emotional control. In fact, Professor Matthew Walker, Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California Berkeley, has coined this time in history as a “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic.” “The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children. It’s a silent sleep loss epidemic. It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century” says Walker. I myself have suffered from terrible sleep issues since I was a little girl and have tried everything to improve it. I now understand that the foundation to better sleep is to be extremely habitual every single night. During my Healthy Habits Masterclass, I share my top tips for improving your sleep so you can be more productive at work. I cover how to fall asleep and stay asleep so you can get more done, in less time with fewer mistakes.
Here are three for you to try at home:
- Create a buffer between your work time and your rest time. Have a sleep ritual so your body and brain knows when it is time to wind down and relax.
- Do not use your devices in the bedroom – it is for sleeping, stories and sexy time only.
- Be strict with the time you turn off the lights and the time you get up each day.
If you struggle with sleep and are feeling the negative consequences at work the next day, grab a copy of my Healthy Habits Sleep Worksheet. Hopefully there will be one or two activities that you can implement to improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Creating a healthy routine is a simple yet effective way to build consistency when it comes to your physical, mental and emotional health. Making micro-changes to our daily healthy habits can improve our ability to concentrate better, empathise and be more patient with others, adapt easily to challenges and perform better in our professional and personal roles. Healthy habits that are done on a regular basis can be the difference between operating at peak efficiency or struggling to reach your goals.
If you and your colleagues would like to fine-tune your health habits so you can perform at your best at work, please reach out for a conversation.