Sleep as we know is an important ingredient to our well being and therefore productivity. Highly successful people despite their busy schedules find it extremely important to “switch off” and adhere to a before-bedtime routine for good sleep.
Here are some ways top entrepreneurs wind down with effective habits:
Bill Gates - Reads
The Microsoft co-founder likes to read for an hour before bed, even if it's late. "It's part of falling asleep," he was once quoted as saying.
Benefits: A relaxing reading ritual can prepare your body for sleep and help your mind separate your sleep time from the stresses of daily living. It reduced cortisol levels. Reading before bed can help to lower the body's cortisol levels by reducing stress. A body with lower levels of cortisol is more likely to sleep soundly, and thus cope with the following day's stressors more calmly.
Sheryl Sandberg – Switches off phone
Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg ensures she disconnects before bed, turning off her phone. She told a popular US publication, that it's "painful" for her to do so, but she does it so she doesn't get disturbed during the night.
Benefits: Switching off devices helps shut our mind from the goings-on in our lives. As long as our devices are on they emit light and electronic waves that miscue the brain and promote wakefulness. Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it's nighttime. Experts suggest switching off devices atleast an hour before sleep time, helps get better quality sleep.
Arianna Huffington- Takes a hot bath
The Author of ‘The Sleep Revolution’ and the Founder of Huffington Post, decided to prioritize sleep after she was so exhausted one time that she fell and broke her cheekbone. Now she follows a strict nighttime routine. Huffington once reported every night she turns off her electronic devices and takes a hot bath.
Benefits: Taking a warm bath at night adjusts your body temperature so you're nice and groggy by the time you hit the sack. A warm bath before sleep time helps fall asleep faster.
Oprah Winfrey- Meditates
The media mogul and businesswoman aid she mediates twice a day, once in the morning and then again before going to bed. She's even launched her own meditation app, encouraging others to adapt the practice.
Benefits: Meditation before sleep has shown to improve sleep cycles and even increase the REM deep sleep state and cure sleep disorders. It increases sleep quality and reduces the time taken to fall asleep.
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