A few weeks ago we shared some tips to help you get the sleep you need during busy times. This topic hit home with so many people, so we wanted to share even more tips for surviving busy times by getting the sleep you need.
There will inevitably be times during the year where you just aren’t going to get the sleep your body needs to recover and thrive. This is normal and happens to almost all of us. However, individuals who have consistent healthy sleep habits have an easier time moving through these busy demanding times than those who don’t.
So, how do you develop these healthy sleep habits so you are one who thrives? Below are a few easy tips on how to build up a strong sleep foundation, that will carry you through those busy times of the year.
4 Tips for Surviving Busy Times by Getting the Sleep You Need
1. Hold Family Meetings
When busy times are coming up for your household, staying organized can alleviate some of the extra stress you may experience before or after the kids get home from school. Sit down once a week with your family and talk about what is coming up.
When everyone is on the same page, the week’s busyness flows a lot smoother and you will probably enjoy the activities you are rushing to a lot more.
2. Bank Your Sleep
Plan ahead and bank some sleep! Research now shows that we can fill up our sleep tanks prior to a busy week or demanding schedule . In this study from the French Armed Forces Biomedical Research Institute, they asked sleep-deprived men to bank their sleep; specifically, they slept an additional 75 minutes every night. And they found that the men’s cognitive and physical performances improved as a result.
3. Stay Connected
Juggling busy schedules and trying to fit in time with loved ones can be stressful and often adds to poor sleep. It is important that you stay connected to those in your life that bring you joy and happiness.
Plan a few date nights, fun activities with the kids, or drinks with buddies and get those set in your calendar every week. This gives you something to look forward to and you won’t be stuck at the end of a long workweek stressing about making time for loved ones.
4. Tighten up Your Bedtime Routine
Having a bedtime routine is an enjoyable and effective way to cue your body that it is time for sleep. You can do this by picking a few things to do each night that will help reduce built-up stress, bring your heart rate down, and get your body and mind ready to shift into sleep mode.
A bedtime routine is also something you can take anywhere you go. So, if you have to travel or are working on the road, you have the confidence that you are going to be able to fall asleep even if it is in a hotel room.
How to Get the Sleep You Need Even When You’re Busy
Sleep is often the first thing we compromise when we get busy. What is one more email, one more hour of studying, or one more night of crappy sleep?
While sleep is the first thing we move off our priority list, it is also a necessity we need to feel and perform our best. Sleep doesn’t need to be complicated. Choose a few things to work on that will not only help your sleep but will also reduce stress levels. Commit to improving your sleep and power through this busy time so you can feel at the top of your game.