In the modern world, and especially in a world post-COVID, there is a pretty good chance that you've become someone who simply cannot switch off. Whether out of joy for your job, the addition to the grind, or the incessant need to keep your bank balance growing, our sleep can often take the backseat in our lives.
Of course, a drive to work and having a great work ethic is nothing to be ashamed of. However, when work invades our sleep, it can affect our happiness levels, productivity, and so much more.
That being said, here are our six great ways to get a good night's sleep if you're a workaholic.
Understand How to Relax
One of the first things that you need to absolutely master if you're looking to get a good night's sleep is how to relax.
Keep in mind that this tip is very personal, and there is no one size fits all way to relax for many of us. So it's good to do something that you consider relaxing and distracting enough to keep you from thinking about work – or working – later in the evening.
Whether it's meditation, yoga, watching a movie, texting, or calling a friend, do what you find calms you down and create a routine out of this before bed.
Enhance the Sleep You Are Getting
Another key point to keep in mind is that you should work to maximize the sleep you do get.
What we mean by this is working to make sure that the eight, seven, or even six hours of sleep you are getting are quality hours of sleep. For example, straying from coffee and alcohol before bed is a good place to start and will allow your body to better fall into a deep sleep.
Added to this, disorders such as sleep apnea should be dealt with too, given that sleep apnea will often prevent us from falling into a deep sleep, and with a CPAP machine you're able to combat this issue quite easily.
Create a Comfortable Space
A tip from us that is somewhat of a no-brainer is making sure you're as comfortable as can be.
When it comes to a good night's sleep, it's time to be selfish and completely absorbed in creating an optimised bedroom or sleep space that is unapologetically 'you.'
With this, consider changing your lights to softer and warmer-toned ones, invest in a soft mattress topper, and work on locking out as many distractions such as light and sounds as possible from your bedroom.
No More Work – Phone Off
As a workaholic, there's a really good chance you're almost always checking your emails and your junk for potentially missed emails. And with this, we suggest ignoring these until the next day!
The chances are that even if you have received a work email at 10 pm, you're not really able to do the work outlined in the email there and then, so simply let go of the phone and keep it silent until the morning.
Read a book, wind down with some music or simply lights out and 'cold turkey' your nightly wind down and hop right into bed with no device, no book, or movie.
Get into a Routine
Given that you're already addicted to your work, we're confident that you're a beast at setting a routine and following it to get the absolute most out of the day.
For this tip, we want you to bring this skill over to bedtime! Set a routine, create a wind-down list and use all of your might and persevere in following through with getting yourself ready for bed and in bed by the time you've set yourself.
Of course, some days this might be easier said than done, though most of the time it shouldn't be too hard to follow your sleep routine.
Outline the Day Ahead
For our final tip, we suggest planning out a little 'taste' of reality and the day coming.
We know as a workaholic there's a good chance that simply working and note-taking keeps you calm, and doing this a lot more relatable than you think, so before bed, get a head start on jotting down all the things you need to get done for work tomorrow, so you don't forget.
With this clearly outlined set of notes, you will know exactly what's coming and will have plenty of direction for the workday ahead, which can be a great de-stressor in itself.