There's one slight shift you can make in your daily habits that could reap BIG rewards. In fact, this habit has been linked to better decision-making, creativity, health and even weight-loss. Do you know what it is? Sleep.
Making a commitment (experts say seven to eight hours is preferable) to sleep can create a dramatic impact in every area of your life. In Arianna Hufffington's new book, “Thrive“, she shares a study from Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine that lack of sleep impacts mood, ability to focus, creativity and generally affects our mental performance. Mental performance is a top requirement for entrepreneurs!
Ever notice when the topic of sleep comes up, the conversation goes something like this: “I only had four hours of sleep last night – working on a big project.” “I had so much work to do that I just couldn't get to bed before midnight!” Lack of sleep has become a status symbol. If you get too much, somehow this gets translated into: “She doesn't have enough to do-she's not busy enough.” Stop the madness. Move away from this mindset.
If you're willing to try a new smart solution that doesn't cost anything to implement but comes packed with a whole host of benefits, set the intention to get seven or eight hours of sleep each night this week. I guarantee, that you'll see a difference in the quality of your day and a better bottom line result in your business.
I personally set the intention to get a full eight hours of sleep each night. I realized a long time ago that sleep was a secret weapon for me. Eight hours of sleep gives me the energy I need to serve my clients in achieving the results they are looking for, navigate the many decisions in a growing company, managing a healthy and loving family, all while sustaining good health.
The key is making a solid commitment to sleep. Here are five smart solutions to help you relax and create the one habit that could change the course of your business and your health: Get a new pair of comfy and relaxing pajamas.
1. Make sure the pillow and bedding you have is comfortable.
2. Use soft lamp lighting in the evening to bring the mind and body to a calm, relaxed state.
3. Take a warm bath with bath salts or your favorite bubble bath.
4. Eliminate all electronics from your bedroom (no phone, computer, tablets or TV) at night.
Anything is possible. Everything is waiting for you.