Entrepreneurs work long hours and are under a lot of stress. Such is the life that comes with running your own business, however, like most of us wouldn’t have it any other way. It can present some challenges though, and one of these is that this makes sleep harder. The brain is continuously cycling, making plans and thinking through issues, and the hours we allocate to sleeping are minimal. Fortunately, buying the right mattress and taking other steps can help make sleeping easier so here are some of the top hacks for catching those elusive zeds.
Keep the Room Cool
In the winter it can be tempting to have the central heating on full whack, and many entrepreneurs have home-based offices meaning the time you spend out in the fresh air is lessened. Turn off the radiator in the bedroom and get the window open in the day to let the room air out. Close it about an hour or so before bed and make sure you have an excellent thick duvet and plenty of blankets on hand. Our bodies actually relax better with fresher, cooler air to inhale. In the summer consider leaving the small window open overnight and change the duvet for a lighter weight version.
Check Your Mattress
Over at Bed SOS, the importance of a good mattress is never overlooked. A mattress must be considered a time expired item and replaced every eight years or so. It is worth spending a bit more on a quality mattress so that your body is well supported, as this can prevent back and neck ache. It is essential to practice good mattress health and turn the mattress every few months. You should also remove all covers and let the mattress air over the course of the day before putting your sheets back in place. Spend some time learning about the differences in sprung mattresses and memory foam mattresses, and comparing the recommendations to any issues that you might have. Some people find that their back is better supported on a memory foam mattress whereas others swear by pocket sprung mattresses. Check out the firmness rating of a mattress before you decide as this can also impact on sleep.
Leave Electrical Items for an Hour
For the last hour before bed, you should aim to leave all electronic items alone. Computer screens, mobile phones and even televisions emit blue light which works against the Serotonin in the brain leaving us wired instead of tired. Try and have a technology-free hour before bed, take a bath, read a book or just sit and listen to music so that the brain gets time to unwind before you try and sleep. You should also avoid having these items in the bedroom with you as they are not conducive to a good night’s sleep. Create the bedroom as a peaceful space away from work, and never take work to bed with you. Always try and have a calm space that is free from clutter, consider an air purifier to keep the air clean.