How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

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Entrepreneurs have crazy sleeping schedules. One day, you're sleeping at 10 p.m. The next, it's 2:30 a.m. One complaint we hear from entrepreneurs: not getting a good night's rest.

Why Sleep Well

Sleep serves as the most important source for your energy -- and if you're not getting a proper amount, you're slowly but surely hurting your kick-ass business: When you lack sleep, your brainpower diminishes. According to the Harvard Medical School, try this to get a good night's rest:
  1. Stay on schedule.

    Go to bed and get up around the same time every day. The body's natural sleep-wake patterns, called circadian rhythms, can be disrupted by abrupt schedule swings. Maintaining a regular bedtime schedule helps train the body to sleep at the desired time.
  2. Make your bed a resting place, not a media center.

    Go to bed when you're tired, but if you find you can't sleep, get out of bed. Go into another room and watch television or read a book. When you're truly sleepy, go back to bed.
  3. Say "No" to Naps.

    If you nap during the day, you will require less sleep at night. This can cause insomnia, and your sleep times may become too brief to include high quality deep sleep.
And yes, follow those three points even on your crazy weekends. Once you can get in the rhythm of sleeping well (i.e. 8 hours!...you'll more than make up for the time, anyway.), you'll see your business kicking ass quicker, smarter, and more efficiently. Remember: Good sleep = Great business.

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Posted on September 10

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