Appreciating sleep

01 August 2020
2 min read
Volume 38 · Issue 8

I suppose it is like my comfort blanket, that however things are going, I know that if I can get a good night’s sleep then things will be different in the morning.

There has been a lot of talk in the last few months around the importance of sleep and the effect this situation has had on many people’s sleep patterns. It is always hard isn’t it, that the times when you would most benefit from a good night’s sleep, are the most likely times you won’t get it?

Added to the stresses and strains of the last months there is also changed work patterns and ways of working. These can have huge impacts on whether we are performing at our best.

I am an early morning person, working late is a disaster for me, and by late I mean after about 6pm. So, whilst working from home I have learnt to start early and be disciplined to stop and not get drawn into responding when those late owls are working at their best later in the evening. If I did I would end up working almost all my waking hours, and then struggling to sleep because my brain hasn’t had time to calm down. It becomes a downward cycle, and productivity and focus goes through the floor.

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