When you’re in a position of leadership, you’ve got to be on your A-game every day. People count on you to have focus, drive, creativity, and energy to tackle each day’s challenges and opportunities. What this means is that you have to take care of yourself, and safeguard your own strength. That starts with getting your eight hours of sleep each night.
For some leaders, that’s easier said than done. Maybe you try to get the kind of sleep you need, but insomnia thwarts your good intentions. Usually, insomnia can be beat—but first, you’ve got to know what the cause is.
What Causes Insomnia?
There are a few common causes of insomnia to know about:
Stress. It’s true: High stress levels can get you all revved up at the end of the day, interfering with the body’s natural sleep cycle. If you’re tossing and turning due to feelings of anxiety, the best approach is to find a healthy way to manage that stress—through exercise, through self-expression, or through a hobby. If you have a true clinical issue, see a therapist; therapy really works, and can help you get the sleep you need!
Sleep apnea. Do you snore? Do you wake up several times over the course of the night? And when you do, do you find yourself gasping for air? All of these can be symptoms of sleep apnea, a breathing condition that requires medical attention.
Depression. Depression, too, can cause sleepless nights—and again, therapy can be an effective way to treat it, and to restore you to proper rest.
An irregular schedule. Do you wake up at different times during the week? If so, this can really throw off your body’s rhythm. It may be tough, but it’s really in your best interest to wake up at the same time each day—so no early rising during the week then sleeping until noon on Saturday!
OTC sleeping medications. Do you take a medication marked “PM” every night—like Tylenol PM, etc.? These medications aren’t actually made to be used as sleep aids, and if you use them like that routinely, they can begin to have the opposite effect.
Late-night snacking. Eating too close to bedtime is another bad idea, as it can lead to digestive issues that keep you from nodding off.
Electronic screens. Finally, note that the blue light from your phone, tablet, or laptop can disrupt your body’s rhythms. It’s best to turn off your devices at least an hour before you hit the sack.
Find out what’s causing your insomnia—and do something about it! You’ll be a more effective leader because of it.
Dr. Rick Goodman CSP is a thought leader in the world of leadership and one of the most sought after conference keynote speakers on leadership, engagement, and business growth in the United States and internationally.
He is the author of the books Living A Championship Life “A Game Plan for Success” and My Team Sucked “10 Rules That Turned Them Into Rock Stars.” He is also the co-author of the book Jamie’s Journey: Travels with My Dad, written with his sixteen-year-old daughter Jamie.
Dr. Rick is famous for helping organizations, corporations, and individuals with systems, strategies, and solutions that encourage engagement, resulting in increased profits and productivity without having the challenges of micromanaging the process. Some of Dr. Rick’s clients include Heineken, AT&T, Boeing, Cavium Networks, IBM, Hewlett Packard, and Franklin Templeton Investments.
You can contact Dr. Rick at www.rickgoodman.com or call 888-267-6098.