Winter is for hibernation
Since this is the first day of winter, we've decreed this is the month to sort out our sleep. Animals hibernate in the winter and we heart it!
Most of us, though, struggle to get decent sleep. Fall asleep, yes, stay asleep noooooo. Mind racing, too many thoughts, aches and pains... it's all going when we should be snoozing.
The problem is you can't be high performing at work (or in your life, really) if you're not getting enough sleep.
Neuroscientist Matt Walker has spent his career studying sleep and describes it as a the rising tide that raises all other health markers. Different things work for different people and it's important to keep trying different things until you find what works for you. However, Dr Walker suggests these two aspects as the foundations that seem to make a difference for everyone:
Regularity - go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time (no sleeping in at the weekend, boo!); and
Keep it cool - your body needs to drop its temperature to both get to sleep and to stay aslep (aim for 18 degrees in your bedroom).
Want more brilliant tips - check out Matt Walker's Ted Talk here or his three hour(!) interview on Rich Roll's podcast here. Don't let the length put you off, once you start you won't be able to stop (and if you're like us, you'll listen to it multiple times, as you drift off to niddy noddy land...)