Date Published: 12th April 2017

The amount of stress that you or your employees are experiencing at work could be down to the amount of sleep that you’re having per night.
A recent online survey conducted by AXA PPP Health Tech & You State of the Nation, has revealed that 45% of individuals say that lack of sleep is having a negative effect on their work and career.

Sleep is essential for good mental wellness. When you are well rested you will realise that you have a more positive mental attitude and are generally more motivated throughout the day, even if presented with difficult situations you may find that these become easier to cope with and problems are easier to solve. Whereas, sleep deprivation and insomnia will lead to individuals feeling irritated and lazy, which in turn will have an impact on the way work is dealt with as well as relationships with others, leaving you stressed.

There are several simple changes that a person can make to their daily routine that could alter the way that they sleep at night.

1. Exercise
Now I know the idea of getting up at 6am to go to the gym before work is most people’s idea of hell, but keeping active during the day will help your body to feel more tired at night, it will also help to reduce stress and anxiety throughout your working day, whilst giving you the opportunity to relax in the evening.

2. Change the way you eat
Avoid eating a heavy meal before bed as your body needs time to digest the food, eat earlier on and stick to just a light snack before you go to sleep. Stay clear of any sort of caffeine as that will do nothing except keep you awake for longer.

3. Relax before bed
It is important to give yourself the chance to unwind before going to sleep, this is different for everyone but try to stay away from bright lights, too much TV or staring at a computer screen right before you go to sleep. Think having a bath, reading a book or listening to music.

4. Stop snoozing your alarm
Set an alarm and get up straight away, going back to sleep will mess with your sleep cycle and leave you feeling more tired. Try downloading a sleep app that wakes you up when you are in your lightest part of your sleep phase.

5. Avoid naps and lie ins
Similarly to snoozing your alarm, weekend lie ins and naps will affect your sleep pattern causing Monday mornings in particular to be harder than ever.



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