Letter from the President – May 2018
The info-graphic link below from The Performance Room is easy to understand – the cost of poor sleep impacts our well being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This said, it’s not too much of a stretch to see how lack of sleep impacts productivity in the workplace and our overall economy. According to the research group RAND, “the United States is the global leader with poor sleep costing its economy $411 billion every year.
Our 02 monthly well being series led by Dr. Guy Carbone is focused on sleep. Guy used our session in April to teach us about the importance of sleep and how our brain and body needs quality sleep to perform. Our body cycles and between the hours of 4 am and noon, the body is detoxing – focused on eliminating toxins in our body. Noon to 8 pm is the primary time for the body to break down foods, digest, and absorb nutrients. Between 8 pm and 4 am, our body is primed to heal and regenerate. He then asked us to identify “dashboard signs” that show up in our life when we are tired (very similar to the attached info-graphic). May’s session focused on setting yourself up for better sleep and putting a game plan in place. While there are many ways to improve sleep, Guy focused on three to start with in order to build a habit and get better sleep.
1. Create A Routine
a. Aim for the same time each night to begin your wind down (shower or cup of tea, brush your teeth, wash your face) – allow one activity to trigger your nighttime routine as started
2. Detach From Devices
a. Simple to say…may be hard to do. Just Do It – Detach From Devices (phone, tablet, tv, etc.).
3. Deep Breathing
a. Consciously breathe for 10 breaths. After three weeks, if conscious breathing isn’t “your thing” – meaning it isn’t helping you relax or “quiet your mind” – then write down what’s on your mind – your to do list, your worries – whatever it is – write it down as a way to get it out of your head.
In order to get better sleep we need to spend some waking time being aware of what poor sleep is doing to us, learn some tactics to aide in better sleep and build the plan. Guy asked us to practice these suggestions between now and our June session where we will talk about what happened (metrics).
Give it a try, let me know how it goes for you. Here’s to a good night’s sleep!