Alternative MethodsConventional Methods


March 29

Exhausted? Use These 5 Mind Tricks Improve Your Sleep

Timothy Goodman
Core Spirit member since Dec 24, 2020
Reading time 3 min.

You can find thousands of tips about sleeping better, but before you do that, you have to convince yourself that it’s worth it to sleep more.

Given the choice (and the guarantee that you would not suffer any negative consequences), how many hours would you prefer to sleep each day? Five? Six? Zero? I doubt many of you would say seven or eight. Many busy entrepreneurs – especially the younger and more ambitious ones – believe that sleeping is a waste of time.

So did I. Any extra hour I could shave from sleeping each night equaled more opportunity to make profit in my mind. I tried different methods to get myself to sleep less: half-hour naps during the day, going to bed later a little bit each night but waking up at the same time, dividing sleep into two equal parts with a bit of work in between. (Not a good idea, by the way. Don’t try that at home). None of them worked.

Then, I decided to do just the opposite. On the advice of my extremely productive and efficient wife, I actually started sleeping more and my productivity has increased dramatically. (Yes, I should have just listened to my wife in the first place.)

Many an entrepreneur has stayed up late into the night working, believing they can squeeze more production out of the day. If that’s you, tell yourself these five things (or get your spouse to tell them to you so it seems more natural).

1. Morning is the most productive time of the day

If you force yourself to stay awake, you might work one or two extra hours at night, but that likely won’t be the most productive version of yourself. Although there are “evening people” – those who are most productive at the end of the day — the nature of business dictates that it’s better to be a morning person so you can be productive during regular business hours. A study from the University of Tuebingen in Germany from 2010 says people are more productive in the morning and another study from the University of Chicago from 2016 reached this same conclusion.

So, next time you want to keep yourself awake for the sake of working in the evening, simply tell yourself: “The more business savvy and productive thing to do is to sleep now and work tomorrow morning when it’s scientifically proven that I’ll get more done, anyway.”

2. Consider what the alternative to sleeping actually is

Related to the point above, you can’t even be sure that you’ll spend your non-sleeping time trying to be productive. It’s easy to say you’ll do it, but just remember how many times you said that, but ended up watching reruns on TV. Surely rest is more valuable to you than watching that Seinfeld episode for the fourth time?

3. Remember how amazing it felt the last time you woke up early, rested and full of energy

Even the worst sleepers among us wake up early, feeling rested and full of energy sometimes. Remind yourself of those days. Even better, just for the sake of making a better point to yourself, try it one time. Follow all the tips in the book and get yourself to sleep early and when you wake up, savor that morning. Get a bit of exercise and then do some productive and focused work. Then, remember that day. Each night you find yourself debating with your inner voice about going to bed or not, remember how great that whole day felt.

4. Recognize or change the best times you get actual work done

If you are a natural morning person and you get most of your work done during the start of the day, then you should obviously keep getting up early and being productive. The best way to do that is to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re not a natural morning person, then you probably feel like you are most productive when there is nobody else around at the end of the day. But, nobody else is around in the early morning, either. Instead of waiting for the end of the day when most people are not around, try getting up and starting work really early when there aren’t any people around to disturb you. You might just turn yourself into a morning person.

5. Ask yourself if all those people and studies can be wrong

There has never been so much good publicity about sleeping before, and it’s not just among the health nerds. Search for the benefits of healthy sleeping and you’ll find numerous studies that point to the benefits of sleep and recommend that you sleep longer and better. Can countless studies really be wrong? No. So why not just accept their findings and try to incorporate them into your life?

If you’re one of those people who thinks like I used to and considers sleep a time waster, remember these five things to try and trick your mind into accepting that sleep isn’t just good for you, it’s good for your business. Burning the midnight oil isn’t nearly as productive as being the early bird.

Comments

Leave your questions here

To write a comment you must
or
Services
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter
Sort
 
All categories
Oracle Cards Reading
$22 USD
Clarity Session

Hello from Eclectic Healing & Wellness. Thank you for this oppitunity to connect with you. This private clarity sessoon we will take a deep dive to discov…

Tyisha Morris
United States of America flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$270 USD
One-On-One Healing Session

I connect with your higher self/soul to channel the messages, blockages, guidance you need to hear for all life issues. From chronic pain, anxiety, depression,…

Dawn Cady
Australia flag icon
Wellness Coaching
$10 USD
Your Missing Manual for Health & Life!

Are you constantly reading books, blogs and listening to podcasts trying to figure out what to do to be healthy?

With so much conflicting information out ther…

Pamela Malo
United States of America flag icon
Positive Psychology
$10 USD
Initial Video Consult

Explore the fit and hear how I would address your therapeutic goal

Alex Guthrie, LMFT
United States of America flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$10 USD
HEALING / Life- Coaching Session

When you aren’t sure which way to turn or who to turn to for help in making decisions, I will help you come home to yourself and forge a plan to manifest your …

Dr. Michele S. Zirkle
United States of America flag icon
Life Coaching
$50 USD
Transformative Coaching Session

You will receive a private 1:1 transformative coaching session, focused on the area(s) in your life which you are most looking to improve, expand, and/or trans…

Tyisha Morris
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Tarot Reading - Checking in with the universe

“What does the universe want me to know?” is a common question. During uncertain times, it may be difficult to identify a single topic to focus upon. During th…

Jessica Karels
United States of America flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$120 USD
Spiritual Life Coach Session-Personalized Session

Personalized Sessions

Because Everyone Is Unique

Sessions are based on the area of focus requested by the client.

Each session is a LIVE Session Goals will…

Deborah Lucero
United States of America flag icon
Chakra Balancing
$60 USD
Soul To Soul Reading Session

Energetic Reading

Complete Chakra System Reading to identify energy blocks. Techniques are provided to restore balance.

What Is An Energetic Reading?

Debo…

Deborah Lucero
United States of America flag icon
Channeling
$50 USD
Healing guidance session

You prepare your questions and I channel the root cause of the issue, as easy as that!

Every session looks different. We dive deep into the root and heal it f…

Nanna
5
Sweden flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$20 USD
Compassionate energy healing

For those times when we feel we need the energetic space to let our whole being restore itself. The healing is meant to give you a sense of safety and feel lik…

Nanna
Sweden flag icon
Distance Healing
$10 USD
Reiki and Energy Healing (Distant)

Reiki and energy healing is done by distance while a client is resting and the practitioner sends healing energy to the client. Clients have found that the en…

Beverly Lynn
Canada flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$80 USD
Soul Healing and Spiritual Advice

If you need a change in your life, if you are stuck and really want to move forward, if you see unwanted repeated patterns of life events or people’s behaviour…

Yavenirie - Spiritual Witchery Practice and…
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$10 USD
Initial consultation for Spiritual Advice or Soul Healing Journey

You can book an initial spiritual consultation with me to touch base on your struggles and ways we can work together. The session will be online for around 15 …

Yavenirie - Spiritual Witchery Practice and…
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Shamanic Healing
$10 USD
Light the Path to Your Desired Life

If you want find what is that in life that makes you happy and fulfilled you need to heal all levels of your existence- Body, Mind, and Spirit. We are all ener…

Change Naturopathy
New Zealand flag icon
Emotional Freedom Technique
$10 USD
The Power Of Emotional Healing - EFT Program

“The Power of Emotional Healing” is energy psychology education in the Emotional Freedom Technique with the perfect balance of information, instructions, video…

Dawn Cady
Australia flag icon
Art Therapy
$50 USD
Artist Teacher Workshop Or Tutoring

“Life Force” guiding our history, our body and spirits. Self portrait art, life drawing from the live model, gesture, and plein air painting. And extended cont…

Bryan Prillwitz
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$100 USD
Timeline Reading

EGYPTIAN TAROT READINGS using unique methods developed by Nelise Carbonare, a Brazilian healer with more than 40 years of experience in tarot consultations, as…

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$120 USD
THE SYNERGY OF THE PYRAMID

THE SYNERGY OF THE PYRAMID focuses on a specific relationship: One side for the consultant and one for their partner. (the partner does not need to be present …

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Pick one card

Many questions can be answer with just one Arcane.

Do you want to try?

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$50 USD
Spiritual Coaching - Removing Energy Blocks - Expansion

> “Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens.” Jung

Spiritual coaching is about moving you into a profound state of empowerment and involution m…

Kimla Rose (Kim Desrosiers)
United States of America flag icon
Life Coaching
$10 USD
Life Purpose and Soul Wisdom

What is your deeper truth, your deeper knowing, your MOJO, your deepest desires, those feelings that you can’t explain but that are so pure and so clear…or may…

Anna Beale
United States of America flag icon
Nutritional Therapy
$150 USD
Nutritional Therapy Consultation

Hi my name is Aria and I am the founder of Heal with Nutrition. I am a registered Nutritional Therapist and a Naturopath who has a passion on Nutrition and Hea…

Aria Alexandrou
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
THOTH AND HERMETIC DECKS READING

With a deep knowledge of hermeticism and being introduced to the kabbalah tradition of the emanation process from the tree of life, I provide a deep insight co…

James Marchiori
Ireland flag icon

Related Articles