It’s no surprise that being sleepy will make you less productive, more prone to errors, leave you feeling less inspired and less engaged to do your best work. Poor sleep not only affects your cognition, mood and optimism, but can also lead to health disturbances, like obesity, infections and depression, further hindering your ability to give it your all at work.
If you want to get a better night’s rest, use the following four steps to help you improve your sleep habits:
STEP ONE: Hello darkness, my old friend
Melatonin, our “go to sleep” hormone, tells the body when to sleep and when to wake up. When the sun sets and darkness comes, melatonin starts pumping, stopping only when the sun rises and light hits our eyes. Any light exposure after sunset can impair melatonin production.