Not Getting Enough Sleep? Find Out How to Make More Time for Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep each night?

If 5-6 hours is a normal night’s sleep, and you need a cup of coffee first thing in the morning just to get going – the answer is probably no.

It is surprising to hear how often people complain about not getting enough sleep. Some people have a good reason for not getting enough sleep – new parents undoubtedly have a difficult time sleeping eight, uninterrupted hours a night. But for the majority of people, there is no excuse.

 How to Find More Time for Sleep

 1.  Start work earlier in the day

If you often find yourself working until 1 am on a regular basis, I’m guessing that you are not very good at managing your time. To remedy this, start working earlier in the day, even if you prefer working at night. This will take away the pressure of having to stay up all night just to finish work off.

2.  Set a Bed Time

While setting a bed time might sound childish, it is one of the best ways to find more time to sleep. If you often go to bed whenever you feel like it, there is a good chance that you are losing time which can be spent sleeping.

3.  Say No to Caffeine

Caffeine can be considered as a band-aid. It helps you stay awake, but prevents you from solving the underlying problem. If you find it difficult to sleep with caffeine in your body, simply avoid it.

4.  Reduce Your Stress

Stress can have a large impact on your sleep. You can find yourself not getting enough sleep as you toss and turn all night, thinking about all the worries in your life. Make sure that you take the necessary steps to eliminate these worries and thus the stress.

A short term plan may be to do something relaxing before bed each night such as, reading a book; having a nice, long warm bath; meditating, listening to tranquil music; writing in a journal etc.

 5.  Work less but smarter

It is very likely that you are not utilising your time efficiently. The popularity of productivity blogs (and the one you are reading right now) is a statement as to how inefficient people really are with their time.

Finding ways to become more productive will certainly leave you with more time to sleep. Read one of the posts in the productivity section to get started.

6.  Set No-Work Hours

When planning your schedule for the upcoming week, make sure to include a few hours at the end of each day where you are not allowed to work.  This will go a long way in helping you to get your work done earlier in the morning, and thus will ensure that you can find more time to sleep.