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Busy Life, Better Sleep: How To Get More Rest As An Entrepreneur

For many busy professionals, finding a way to get good sleep--both in quality and quantity--can be difficult. Stress from your job may be keeping you up at night, or you might simply have a full schedule that doesn’t mix well with a full 8 hours of sleep. It’s imperative to ensure that you’re able to get good rest, however, since this will help keep you healthy and energized as you go about your hectic day. For entrepreneurs, a lack of quality sleep can lead to brain fog and decreased functionality during the day, which can wreak havoc on your ability to stay on top of the needs of your business.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to keep a healthy sleep routine. From making sure you get enough exercise to creating a sleeping space that fits your rest needs, there are many ways you can help your body and mind relax at the end of a long day. The key is to make yourself a priority along with your business. This isn’t always easy for self-starters to learn, but it’s a crucial part of staying healthy.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to get better sleep as an entrepreneur.

Get daily exercise

It may seem next to impossible to fit in a workout when you’re already busy, but daily exercise is very important when it comes to getting good rest. Staying active not only helps tire you out for the end of the day, it also releases feel-good hormones that help you feel accomplished and happy, which is a great boost for your mental health. When you need a pick-me-up, fit in a short workout that gets your heart rate up. This is the perfect way to reduce stress when you’re having one of those days, and it allows you to take a timeout for yourself at the same time. Think of some things you can do no matter where you are, such as running up and down the stairs at the office or taking a brisk walk around the building on your lunch break.

Create the best sleep environment

A good sleep environment is one that allows you to relax fully at the end of the day, so it should be comfortable and comforting. Soft bedding, blackout curtains or blinds, and the right temperature are just a few of the best ways to get started, but you can also remove distractions such as the television and computer. Not only can these keep you from going to bed at a decent hour, the blue light they emit can be harmful to your sleep habits.

Go deeper

For many entrepreneurs, the goal most days is to make sure each hour is a productive one. Sometimes, this can lead to you overscheduling yourself to the point that you have to choose between two things, such as an important work obligation or more sleep, or answering emails or eating dinner. Each day can be a challenge when it comes to getting done all the things you want to get done, so it’s important to go a little deeper when thinking of the best way to get through it. Ask yourself each morning what you want to have accomplished by the end of the day. This will help you find balance throughout each part of the afternoon.

Eat the right foods

There are several foods that will help give you energy for the day, but many people don’t consider the fact that food can also help you get better sleep. Those that include tryptophan--a hormone found in turkey, yogurt, milk, and eggs--can help you rest easy when eaten before bedtime, while the caffeine found in tea, coffee, and chocolate can keep you awake. Eating the right foods--and staying away from the wrong ones--can help you sleep even when you have a lot going on.

Getting better sleep when you’re a busy professional can take some time, so try to be patient as you work on a routine that is specific to your needs. By creating a solid plan, you can ensure that your mind and body don’t suffer even when you have a lot on your plate.

This article was written by Eva Benoit. Learn more about Eva and her book The 30-Day Plan for Ending Bad Habits and Improving Overall Health on her website.

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