That saying, "I'll sleep when I'm dead" doesn't strike a chord with me.
I love sleep. I love the feeling of being rested. I love the way I look after getting good rest. I love how my brain and body function after rest.
Anyone who knows me well also knows not to mess with my sleep (or me when I'm sleeping). The results are never good, not even for my dog Cody.
Getting a full good nights sleep has always been important to me and I embrace simple design tricks that help me sleep well.
Some I've picked up during my years of diving into ayurveda and yoga, some come from my design training and some come from personal experience.
I want to share them with you because, well, you know what you feel like and how you operate when you don't get enough sleep, right?
Getting a good nights sleep is incredibly important. Whether you're a mom, a small business owner, a teacher, an artist or a designer, sleep matters.
“The irony is that a lot of people forego sleep in the name of productivity,” Arianna Huffington points out. “But in fact our productivity is reduced substantially when we’re sleep deprived.”
Research also shows our cognitive functions are impaired, so we are more likely to overreact. Our emotional intelligence is degraded, so we are more likely to be irritable–and there’s even research connecting sleep deprivation to mental health problems and depression.
“Yet the myth persists that we can do our jobs just as well on four or five or six hours of sleep as we can on seven or eight,” Arianna stresses, calling it a modern delusion.
The benefits of sleep are just too good to ignore. So, if there's a few small design tricks I can share to help you make your bedroom a better sanctuary for rest, I want to give those to you now.
Like I said, these design tools are really simple. Adopting just one of these tools can help you get a better nights sleep. And don’t be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.
In the comments below, let me know which tool you're going to try OR what you're already doing that really works.
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