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SBW Issue 11 Jeneth Blackert

Most people in our modern society are sleeping less than people a few generations ago. If you are getting 1 hour less sleep than you need everyday, by the end of one week, you have a sleep debt of 7 hours, practically one night’s sleep. When you have had your optimal hours and quality of sleep, your focus is laser sharp, your productivity increases, you are kinder, you can manage stress better,and you have a slimmer figure because your hormones aren’t disrupted. Essentially you will feel like super woman. Modern woman are often balancing so many roles: mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, daughter, business owner, etc. That’s why it’s imperative that we get more sleep so that we can increase our happiness and well-being while being fully present for all of the people we love. Even if you can change your schedule to get two extra hours of sleep, they will be worth their weight in gold because you will feel more focused, rested, and energetic. Here Are Your 6 Sleep Strategies for Success in Life and Business: #1 Give Yourself a Consistent Bedtime It is common for children to have a regular bedtime, but adults also do better when there is a regular time to go to sleep. We are creatures of habit, so we might as well cultivate power habits. You have to figure out how many hours of sleep are ideal for you. Then you decide what time you would like to wake up and work backwards from there. If you want to wake up at 5:30 am and you need 8 hours to feel invincible, you need to be asleep by 9:30pm. Come up with your plan and write it down in your calendar. There will be nights when you need to make exceptions, but… #2 Wake Up at the Same Time Every Morning This will allow you to start every morning fresh and with your daily power routine. In the daily power 65 | SavvyBizWomen Sleep: Your Secret Weapon for Success in Business and Life routine you will ideally exercise, prepare your mind for the day, look at your goals and have a great breakfast. If you happened to stay up late the night before for a work related function or celebration, wake up at your usual time so you don’t create a cycle of staying up too late and waking up late. Yes, you might feel tired, but that will help you get to bed early so you stay on track. The hours you sleep before midnight count as double in terms of quality. #3 Be Screen-Free For at Least an Hour Before You Go to Bed Turn off those phones, tablets, computers, and televisions as you wind down from the day. Even though it seems relaxing to check on social media, emails, or surf the web, it is actually quite stimulating for your brain. Both the content and screens engage your brain, disrupting your natural hormonal cycles. This is really important if you have racing thoughts and difficulty getting to sleep. We all need to recharge our batteries to support our Yin, or restful side, so that when we are mak-


SBW Issue 11 Jeneth Blackert
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