I’m big on sleep.
Earlier this year when I was still spinning marketing cogs for a software company in town, I went through a two and a half month period of really, really crappy sleep. We were preparing to launch a huge new product and the to-do list that was in front of us was inconceivably long. Some sketchy planning and last minute changes (to the product and our marketing plan) had put us in a real crunch.
Those kind of curve balls are par for the course but it was definitely go time.
I am a “go time” person so I get sucked right into shit like that. I wanted the launch to be a huge success, I wanted us to knock it out of the park… I threw my back into it.
Even when I did get home in time to get a decent night’s sleep, I was so amped up from all the stress and energy at work that it took me hours to wind down. Nothing worked. Not teas, baths, melatonin, valerian, poppy flower, relaxing eye covers… nothing. I actually started chugging Nyquil at one point. (Nyquil did work but made for a brutal morning and, um, chugging Nyquil is probably not a practice one should engage in regularly).
To make matters worse, we were sleeping on a crappy old mattress that had seen it’s days. That all ended one morning when, after getting virtually no sleep at all, I had a mental break. I sat down at my desk at work, ignored the pile of tasks that were stacked in front of me, and called the friendly folks at Sleep by Number. Fifteen minutes and $3,300 later a sleep number bed was en route to our house. I called Sal to let him know, hung up the phone, and got down to work.
All this to say: there are a lot of tips and tricks that you can do to make sure that you get a better night’s sleep but nothing is as important as getting a better grip on what’s going on in your life, finding ways to reduce your stress levels, and sleeping on a good mattress.
With that on the table I give you Ten Tips for Getting Better WinkEye!