Dr. Brandon Peters took some time to speak with us about the importance of sleep and how it is a huge part of your overall health and how it can improve the quality of your work and help you avoid burnout. Scroll down for the audio-only version or download on your favorite podcast app!
Healthy sleep habits. Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and it is important to do this as consistently as possible. Develop a routine that helps your body be ready for sleep. Cut out caffeine by mid-afternoon, limit heavy exercise two hours before bed, set aside work or other challenging topics an hour before bed, and cut out alcohol an hour or two before bed as well.
Stress and anxiety can affect your sleep. Everyone worries sometimes. Maybe try “scheduled worry time”. List the things that are stressful and try to find some solutions. Ideally you spend some time thinking about your stressors and finding solutions to a few of them during the day. At night, you may not be able to do a lot about them.
The research. There is no evidence that people get better at being sleep-deprived. There is evidence that adequate sleep can provide benefits almost immediately (mental and physical).
Tip of the Day: If you try to go to sleep early and sleep longer, but struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you may just be in bed for too long!
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