A short story for you — The first 2 months of 2019 had been incredibly exciting for me. I’m in my zone, advancing several new business endeavors, all with significant long term prospects, all at the same time. I do better when I have a variety of diverse challenges on my plate. Though this can also accelerate my racing mind and can create some restless nights. For two nights straight I had been very restless and so I’m went back to some principals I know work well for me to increase the chances of rest and good sleep.
As a real estate agent — heck, as a human being right now we are in the midst of some very trying times. Whether it’s your business or this worldly pandemic, here are those principals that can help you turn your brain off so you can obtain a good night’s sleep.
5 Hacks to turn your brain off before bed:
1. End emails and work activity at least 2 hours prior to going to bed.
For me, I must create some space between work activities and sleep. 2 hours minimum is ideal. If it’s less than that, chances are the emails will follow you to bed and become a fodder for you dreams. If you have an iPhone, this can easily be done by setting your Do Not Disturb for a certain time every night.
2. 90 Minute rule.
Finish eating no later than 90 minutes before bed. And the lighter the meal the better. It’s clear, if I eat heavy, or eat and then go to bed, I’m in trouble. Healthline, a health & wellness site has a quick list of 9 foods you should eat before bed.
3. Set up your next 48 hours.
Before finishing work, make sure the next 48 hours to do list and calendar of appointments are clear and set. Spending a few minutes before shutting things down for the day to make sure the next 48 hours clear seem to prevent the 3 AM wake-up calls where your mind suddenly wakes you up to remind you of an important appointment the next day. Give yourself that rest and peace of mind. Time blocking is a life savor! Check out our article on successful time management skills.
In the two hours before bed, do what you need to do to decompress. For me, that’s playing a round of words with friends, or sometimes reading some articles. I’m sure you have something that slows down the pulsing of your mind and allows it to focus on non-critical activities. Do that. Razzle Puzzles has free word searches and ranges in difficulty. Try that out.
5. Don’t watch more than 1 hour of TV.
Hear me out first. Now I know this doesn’t work for everyone. My husband, for example, can fall asleep to the TV. I can’t. one hour is relaxing, perfect for rest. Two hours becomes an obsession and my mind goes from being relaxed to being focused on the content and can’t let go of it. Know your limits.
I’m sure you have some hacks to get a good night’s sleep. I’d love to know what they are! For more tips and tricks be sure to keep up with our free blog. You can also follow @RealEstateOnPurpose on Instagram and Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/RealEstateOnPurpose.