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Sleep Better

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I haven’t been sleeping well lately. Normally I sleep pretty well, but we are in the midst of some serious summer heat. Which I love, but the noise of the much needed fan is keeping me up. Our son loves the hum of the fan and when he was younger he would have it on – in fact he would sneak a fan into his room – during the middle of winter. Whatever helps sooth him for a restful sleep we figured was good because he was and is an otherwise ball of energy.

When we discuss giving back, looking at ourselves and functioning at our best, we require sleep. Moodiness, irritability, lack of focus or inability to complete tasks are all symptoms of poor sleep. In fact, the lack of sleep leads to plenty of performance issues, mental health challenges and actually shortens our life span. It is likely that most of us have had difficulties sleeping the past few months for all kinds of reasons, but we must find ways to build better sleep habits.

How much sleep is right? Well 7 to 9 hours seems to be the consensus. If I was going to add to that I would suggest that continuous sleep through multiple non-REM and REM cycles. That is your entire sleep cycle including intense deep sleep and your dream state. If the average length is 90 to 120 minutes, then you’re hoping for at least three or four cycles at minimum each night.

Arianna Huffington is one of the most outspoken entrepreneurs who lives and breathes … and sleeps – sleeping. Rather good sleep habits.

Here are my favorite seven of the most important habits that she has published to help you sleep better.

1. Create a bedroom environment that’s dark, quiet, and cool (between 60 and 67 degrees).

2. Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime

3. Stop drinking caffeine after 2 p.m.

4. Use your bed for sleep and sex only—no work!

5. Keep pets off the bed.

6. Wear pajamas, or even a special T-shirt—it’ll send a sleep-friendly message to your body. If you wore it to the gym, don’t wear it to bed.

7. Write down a list of what you’re grateful for before bed. It’s a great way to make sure your blessings get the closing scene of the night.

It is the middle of the day, but bedtime somewhere for someone, so all I wish you all deep and restful sleep and a good night.

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