One thing you may not know about me is that I live on a farm. Not a big one, mind you. But enough to keep our freezers full and our lives interesting!
And of all the different livestock here, I really get a kick out of watching our pigs . . .
When we bring them a wheelbarrow load of weeds from the garden or a nice haul of produce we got from the supermarket dumpster, they wag their tails. Often enough a wilted lettuce leaf bedecks their snouts as they munch contentedly. No manners!
But I really start smirking when I catch them at their favorite late afternoon activity . . .
They love to nap. All piled up on each other with snouts and tails hanging out of the barn door, they completely succumb to laziness.
In fact, their snores – even when they’re only a few weeks old – echo through the whole yard . . .
It’s enough to make a home biz owner green with envy . . .
See, one of the first things to fall to the wayside with the 24-7 demands of owning a business is sleep.
The Home Business Guilt Trip About Getting Sleep
First let’s address the big mental blocks to getting enough sleep. We feel guilty. Or even annoyed and inconvenienced.
I know this well. See, unlike the pigs, my husband hates sleep. He’s already annoyed that things happened in this world before he was born. He can’t stand the idea that he missed some of this.
Sleep, he grumbles, just makes it worse.
With a business to run, it’s easy to think of sleep as expedient. You start to imagine what you could do if you didn’t have to go to bed!
Well, imagine what you could do if you did go to bed and were raring to go the next day.
Imagine feeling more positive about your business challenges?
Imagine having more patience and more time for your children?
Imagine getting more done so you could make more money?
Imagine getting more done . . . so you could actually get to bed on time . . . and then get up the next morning and get more done . . . so you could go to bed on time . . . you get the picture!
Now take a moment and let yourself think about this. Think about what a good night’s sleep would mean –
Getting enough sound sleep is sound business sense!
Less time spent sleeping doesn’t make you more productive.
It actually undermines your productivity and threatens your business’ long-term success.
Okay, now that we’ve gotten that established – on to making sleep happen.
In my guide, A Sleep Strategy For The Tired Home Business Owner, (Module 5 of the Healthy Home Biz System), I share a whole plethora of tactics wrapped into a few strategies.
And I’m going to share a couple of tactics with you right here . . .
A Simple Thing You Can Do To Get More Sleep
I’m like the pigs. I love sleep and used to be able to sleep at the drop of a hat. But kids and starting a business changed all that. So I had to get strategic . . .
So here’s one powerful and simple tip that will help you get more deep, refreshing sleep when you decide to prioritize it in your business plan . . .
Cut the light.
Now I’m not talking the obvious – like the bedroom light. I’m talking about the little bits of light coming from your digital clock . . . or the luminescence of the streetlight that seeps in through your curtains.
Apparently, when light falls on any part of your body – your elbow, your big toe – and yes, your eyes – it impacts your body’s melatonin production.
Melatonin is the hormone that regulates your body’s circadian rhythms. You know, the internal clock that tells you you’re getting sleepy . . . or that it’s time to get up.
And I repeat – unlike what you may have thought – it’s not just light in your eyes that make it hard for you to sleep when it’s time to go to bed.
Light that falls on any part your body can keep you up.
When I first started working at home, my desk was squeezed into a corner of the bedroom. At bedtime, it was almost impossible to ignore the dancing lights of my routers and computer.
I started covering them up every night to let my mind rest. But discovered later that doing this helped my whole body rest.
So if you’re having a hard time sleeping, look around your bedroom and see if you can spot some sneaky light that may be throwing you off your snooze time.
Toss a shirt over your clock, hide your phone in your drawer, close the curtains properly.
Dowse the lights.
An Unlikely Thing You Can Do To Get More Sleep
Go to bed later.
I know this sounds counterintuitive. But if you’re having a hard time falling asleep, you need to give your body a consistent and LOUD message that when you hit the bed you’re tired and need sleep.
If you go to bed and you lie there feeling frustrated that you can’t fall asleep, you’re sending your body the wrong message.
You get used to lying in bed tossing and turning, trying to fall asleep unsuccessfully. And this becomes a habit.
Instead, try going to sleep an hour later. Go to bed only when you’re really feeling sleepy . . . when you’re almost having a hard time keeping your eyes open.
Get used to lying down and crashing.
Eventually you may want to walk back to an earlier bedtime. But first break the habit of lying in bed eyes wide open. Train your body that when you go to bed, you mean business – You’re ready to sleep.
Get To Sleep And Build Your Business
No more dismissing sleep as nonessential . . . you and your business need it!
No more lying in bed wondering, “How on earth can I get to sleep?”
Give yourself this most precious commodity when it comes to running your business effectively! Sleep.
Got some sleep frustrations or strategies to share? Please share them in the comments below!
Sarah Clachar has built a thriving health copywriting business from scratch while being a mom . . . nurturing a strong marriage . . . and running a small homestead farm. Along with a BA in biology, she’s got two decades of experience teaching and researching about natural health. Her articles have been published in Life Extension Magazine, Health, Mothering, A Taste For Life, Nutrition Business Journal, and Natural Foods Merchandiser.
Over the years, she became keenly aware how important strategically working to maintain her health was for her business. And even more importantly, how good health factored into enjoying the rewards of having a successful business.
At Your Healthy Home Biz, Sarah has combined her expertise in health and her experience running a freelance health copywriting business into a special resource for home biz owners, freelancers and solopreneurs. Your Healthy Home Biz provides inspiration and a system for transforming your workday so you can run your home business without running yourself into the ground.
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