Getting good sleep has always a priority but it never seemed to materialize with all the daily stressors. Over the past few years I have been waking up multiple times in the middle of the night, usually around 2 to 3 o’clock in the morning and spending a couple hours thinking through the many things that I needed to tackle or the meetings I needed to attend. With the support of a special loved one we started tackling this issue and I feel there are two things that I have learned that I wanted to share about this topic.
- Getting great sleep is absolutely essential and for those who are fortunate to get it- having good sleeping habits is absolutely essential. One thing that I have been incorporating is pre-gaming (not the way you think haha). Before heading to bed I spend ten quick minutes walking through my day visualizing what I planned to do and what I needed to achieve. This process helps reduce the anxiety of “what will I do tomorrow” and it also helps relax the subconscious as we walk through the details of tomorrow’s events.
- The visualization component is key as it helps set the rhythm and pace, though to be truly effective it needs to be documented so a journal becomes the extension of your subconscious. I have found that planning the next day on paper, broken out by the hour, has relieved a lot of stress from the looming question of “what will I be doing?”
In sum, this two step process is by no means meant to be rigid as life’s events happen to be quite unpredictable (especially when building a business) though for those who have really active nocturnal brains I feel this is a really cool tool to incorporate into our daily routine so that we sleep better.