“If you shortchange your sleep, you might get a couple of extra ‘productive’ hours, but that productivity might be an illusion. When you’re talking about decisions and interactions, quality is usually more important than quantity.”
How many hours of sleep do you really get each night? Do you prioritize it? Or do you try and shortchange yourself in order to feel more “productive” and squeeze more things into your day?
I was reading an article about billionaire Jeff Bezos the other day and was impressed by how much he prioritized his sleep. Essentially, he was saying that the success of his companies is dependent on the quality of sleep he gets.
So while you may not be running billion dollar companies, you should still value the quality of your health, and therefore the quality of your sleep, as much as Jeff Bezos does. The good news is, there are simple things you can do to improve your sleep, such as:
- developing practices like daily exercise, Yoga and/or meditation to help deal with stress and promote relaxation
- lessening the amount of caffeine and processed sugar you consume in order to even out your energy levels throughout the day
- turning off screens (phones included!) at least 1 hour before bed
But despite all of those tips, there still may be those times where you feel “wound up” and need a little extra something to relax and get to bed. In those cases, I would recommend trying these calming herbal teas:
Each herb has their own unique properties, but generally speaking they have compounds and antioxidants that help you relax, induce sleep, and – in some cases – keep you asleep. Most companies have created their own special blends that combine a few different herbs that enhance each other’s effects. Some of these include: Nighty Night ( Chamomile with Lavender) by Traditional Medicinals and Stress Relief by Yogi Tea.
If you try these tips and teas and sleep problems still continue, I’d recommend consulting with a holistic health care practitioner, such as an integrative doctor, naturopath or even a psychologist. A holistic nutritionist can help too, and of course I’m always here to help. Great sleep IS possible, in fact, your overall health depends on it! If Jeff Bezos can make it a priority, so can you!