It’s 2:30 in the afternoon on a Wednesday. You’ve got reports that need to be updated by the end of the day but you feel so tired you could fall asleep on the walk to the coffee machine. You manage to push yourself and get your reports done, but you’re so tired, you’ve moved at a much slower pace than planned.
Being tired at work can kill productivity and treating it the wrong way doesn’t help either. We want you to make it through the day without massive amounts of caffeine, so here are some tips.
How to get a better night’s sleep
- Keep a sleep schedule – Make sure you’re going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time in the morning. Giving your body a solid sleep routine will train it to know when you can sleep and when you shouldn’t be.
- Be smart about your naps – We know how good those three hour naps feel when you’re completely exhausted, but we also know that can throw off your sleep schedule. Naps should be 20 to 30 minutes and meant to make up for lost sleep instead of taking a break from the day and getting a big chunk of rest back. At the end of the day, you’re only hindering a good night’s sleep.
- Sleep in a the right environment – Your body needs a room to be somewhere around 65 degrees to the optimal night’s sleep. Also, (and this is a no-brainer) you want to have a comfortable bed. Whether that is a firm or soft bed, a sheet and comforter or just a blanket, that’s entirely up to you.
- Turn off your TV and computer – Instead of falling asleep with you TV or computer on as background noise, try soft music or nature sounds. Televisions and computer lights stimulate the mind and prevent melatonin production.
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Applying these tips may help you get more sleep. Better sleep means more productivity. More productivity means a happier employee. Be the happier employee!
Contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs for more corporate wellness services – if getting more sleep isn’t helping your fatigue, consider a wellness test to determine the cause!