Entering into a new business venture is both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. The challenge of starting your own business is exhilarating and offers limitless possibilities. Yet, on the other hand, it involves incredible risk—the first few years are extremely volatile and only half of all businesses make it to the 5-year mark.
Regardless of the direction your business takes, sleepless nights await you. It’s hard to fall asleep when you’re constantly thinking about hiring the best employees and whether or not your business will break even. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can run a business on no sleep. Countless studies point to the damaging effects that sleep deprivation has on our health. In fact, those who sleep for less than six hours experience a 3- to 4-fold increase in chance of death (from stroke, heart attacks and more).
Ready to get a quality night’s sleep? Here are six tips you can put to the test tonight.
- Stick to a Routine
If you’ve been sleeping in on the weekend to make up for the weekend, it’s time to stop. While you can make up for an hour or two of sleep debt, you can’t expect to repay five or more hours of sleep. Much like how you can’t expect to watch what you eat during the week, only to overeat during the weekend. It’s extremely important to ensure you’re consistently getting seven hours of sleep or more.
Take some time to write down a schedule that works for you. Make the effort to plan realistic sleep times and prioritize your health.
- Learn How to Delegate
It’s tempting as a new female entrepreneur to try and take on everything. Unfortunately, this is a one-way ticket to disaster. You’ll soon find that projects are slipping through the cracks and your sleep is suffering as a result of trying to play catch up.
Reward top performers with a low-risk project as a way to continue their professional growth, and to show that they’ve earned your trust. Learn how to effectively delegate tasks to your employees to save your sleep, and sanity.
- Invest in a Mattress Topper
Unlike men, women make less impulsive purchases. While a new mattress may be the ideal solution to a better night’s sleep, a female entrepreneur bootstrapping their own business is less likely to splurge on such a large purchase. Instead, why not try investing in a mattress topper?
A mattress topper is a cushioned, removable layer that goes on top of your bed. It’s miraculous in its ability to turn an old, worn mattress into a comfortable bed again. Your wallet, and sleep quality, will thank you.
- Stop Working in Bed
In an effort to catch up on work, many of us retreat to the bedroom. While your bed may be a comfortable workplace, it’s not a sustainable option—especially if you’re trying to catch up on the latest NBA game at the same time. For one thing, it’s difficult to achieve a task properly when multitasking. More importantly, however, is the fact that the light emitted from your electronic devices hinders your sleep.
According to Scientific American, there is a higher concentration of blue light than natural light emitted from electronic devices. Blue light interferes with our body’s natural production of melatonin more than any other wavelength. Melatonin is a hormone which helps regulate our sleep cycles, letting our bodies know when it’s time for sleep. Choose to keep work out of your bedroom and separate your work life from your sleep life.
- Use an Essential Oil
An essential oil is a natural sleep aid alternative which has both anecdotal and research-based evidence behind it. There are many types of essential oils you can use to create an oasis in your own bedroom.
There are plenty of studies to back up lavender and chamomile, and both are feminine, floral smells. Try using an essential oil tonight to relax after a hard day’s work and to ease into a comfortable night’s sleep.
- Stop Having a “Nightcap”
Yes, it can be tempting to wind down after a flurry of meetings and last-minute requests with a glass of red wine. Unfortunately, it could be messing with your sleep. Alcohol interferes with REM (rapid eye movement), which is the deepest stage of sleep, leading to daytime drowsiness and a reduction in the quality of your sleep.
Try one of these tips tonight and please comment if it helped you.