QUOTE 18 – SEPTEMBER 2014
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are incredible. Do you wake up rested and revitalised and ready to take on a great day ahead or do you struggle to stay awake when the alarm goes off? Sleep allows your body to rest, recover and renew itself in a far more effective way than any other de-stressor. If you aren’t well rested, you simply cannot perform at your best, so never compromise your sleep. It is as important as exercise and eating healthy food in the life balance equation.
Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (Founders of 37 Signals)
Another great recovery tool is to take a power nap. Professional athletes have been napping for years, the Spanish, Italians and Greeks for centuries and in present day China, office and factory workers routinely lie down for naps. Taking a power nap will lift your productivity and your mood, lower your stress, stimulate your brain and improve memory and learning. Tell that to the boss next time he finds you passed out at your desk.
If you have trouble sleeping, try different routines before you go to bed such as some quiet time to unwind, or try reading, listening to relaxing music, soaking in a warm bath, meditating, praying, doing some gentle stretching or even try visualisation. Let go of all your worries and sleep will come. Work out what works best for you.