A productive day must start with a great morning routine, but it's hard to implement a morning routine if you aren't getting a good nights rest.
If you are one of the 40% of Americans who feel that your lack of sleep is affecting your overall performance in how you show up at work and in your personal life, consider following this simple method for improving your ability to get the required 7-8 hours of sleep that everyone needs to perform at their best!
Set a consistent time to get to bed every night, then...
Be sure to finish eating your big meals and drinking any alcohol at least three hours before bed. Doing this will help you sleep without interruptions throughout the night.
Stop doing all work-related things two hours before you go to bed. Don't check email, read a report, make a phone call, anything. This will help you turn your brain off enough to get to sleep at a decent time. If you still have trouble with turning your brain off, another thing that can help is if you take out a pen and paper and write down every last thing that you're thinking about and put it in a place that you will see tomorrow.
One hour before bed you should turn off all your electronics. Studies have shown that the blue light from our screens can make it very difficult to fall asleep. If you need some sort of stimulation at this time before bed, talk with your spouse, pick up a book, anything but staring at your phone, computer, or tv screen.
One other thing, when it comes time for you to wake up, don't press the snooze button. Going back to sleep will only delay your day and make you more tired than you would have been just getting up.
Waking up on time and well rested will make you feel like you don't have to play catch up the rest of the day. By creating consistent new habits around sleeping, you will increase your energy and your ability to perform at your absolute best!