Awhile ago, Arianna Huffington came to USC to to talk about her new sleep initiative and new book, The Sleep Revolution. She talked about the importance of sleep and the impact it can make on your day. I finally finished reading the book…

One thing I found surprising was that being is sleepy is practically like you’re drunk! It’s true that you function just the same. I remember bragging as a 21 year old, being able to go out till 3am, wake up at 7am and would still be fine. Well, Arianna said it was nothing to brag about because not getting enough sleep is harmful. We should really be bragging about getting 8-9 hours of sleep each day instead.

I definitely agree with her. Even lately, I’ve been getting less sleep because I’ve been either going out or working a lot. I’ve noticed that I’ve become a lot grouchier, more irritated easily, and less motivated. It’s even affecting my relationships! Therefore, I’m not being productive when I need to be and simply wasting time on being drowsy. Ideally, I should sleep on a regular schedule to stay energized during the day. Here are some of my sleep tips and tricks that I’m going to start adapting to help me gain more energy:

  • Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. This will help regulate your sleep cycle so your body knows what to expect everyday.
  • It’s okay to take a nap. But not a 2+ hour nap. Power naps for about 20-30 minutes will help wake you up. If you’re at work, try to sleep in your office. If you don’t have one, sleep in the backseat of your car!
  • Don’t look at electronics and screens before going to bed. As much as we love our social media, we should look at it at least an hour before. A good substitute before bed is to read a book. That might just help you fall asleep!
  • Get some exercise. While it’s not going to cure your sleep problems, it will make it easier to fall asleep at night. You can move your body in any way through walking, golf, gardening, or yoga… anything to keep you moving. 150 minutes per week is recommended.
  • Wear something you’re comfortable. Wear to sleep what you’re comfortable in, but not our daily clothes such as jeans or workout gear. Invest in something that’s just for sleep. Or another option is to sleep naked!

Honestly, find out what works for you and stick to it. Sleep is one of the most important function you can do for your body and if you’re not sleeping, you’re doing yourself a disfavor. As much as we think that there’s not enough time in the day, there’s even less when we’re sleepy and cannot think clearly. Trust me, your co-workers, managers, significant others, and family will thank you when you’re able to give them your full attention when you’re alert!

So put on those pajamas and soothing music. Now you can brag about how many hours of sleep you actually get!

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