Is a lack of sleep causing your practice to lose money? It could be, and your practice is not alone. On an annual basis, the US loses about 1.23 million working days due to insufficient sleep. It is estimated that the US loses 411 billion dollars a year due to lack of sleep.
It has become a public health problem. It used to be a problem for me, and once I read reports like this and others, I needed to fix it. Who doesn’t want to decrease their odds of mortality?
I have done many things to try and get into a good sleep pattern. Through trial and error, I have found a few that work for me.
- Data-driven- finding a way to monitor my sleep so I can see how I am sleeping. I prefer the Oura ring at the moment.
- Find something that helps you wind down. I have tried journaling, reading, meditation, etc. The one that works best for me is watching a 30 minute comedy. I think there is something about having a good laugh before bed.
- Not drinking or eating 2-3 hours before bed. This goes back to that monitoring your sleep. Matching up what you had 2-3 hours before bed can keep your heart rate up and not let your body get into the REM and deep sleep it needs. Elon Musk even tweeted about this.
I am always trying new ways to improve and maximize sleep efficiency. I will enjoy hearing if any of you have things, techniques, rituals, etc., that you find helpful.