Bio: Sarah Jones is the editor of sleepydeep.com. Feeling the repercussions of being an irregular sleeper for far too long, she decided to do something about it. She learned why sleep is so important and how to maximize it, and is now helping others who are struggling to find their right sleep routine.
Are you one of the many people who struggle to maintain their focus? Especially in today’s world where distractions are all around us, keeping your focus can seem like an uphill battle. As a fellow solopreneur, I understand exactly how important it is to keep momentum and focus each and every day which is why I’ve decided to share the techniques I’ve found with you.
Get Sleep, Stay Focused
For those of us who are managing our own business or our own schedule, there is one defining factor that can affect our overall performance and focus: our sleep. While it’s so great to not have a true quote, unquote boss, being your own boss means you are in charge of your schedule. Having a proper sleeping schedule, and maintaining it is a vital component to being able to stay focused during your working hours.
According to Memory Improvement Tips, when you are feeling tired, you will not be able to focus clearly, or even at all on even the simplest tasks in your day. Having a good night’s sleep is absolutely critical for your brain to strengthen the neural connections which are required for processing information.
When you are sleep deprived, even if it is just for one night, your attention span as well as your working memory will become impaired. Both of these factors play a key role in your overall concentration and focus.
Improving your sleep will naturally lead to an improvement in your focus and concentration. According to Healthy Sleep, when you cannot enter a REM cycle, your over-worked neurons will not be able to function properly and the information they carry will not coordinate appropriately. This stage is when we begin to lose our focus as well as previously learned information.
How Can You Improve?
To improve the amount and the quality of the sleep you are getting each night, there are several steps you can take:
Lose the Distractions
One of the most important things you can do to improve your sleep is to lose the distractions. Make sure that you have your phone turned off or away or silenced when you are getting into bed. Not to mention, ensure that you avoid watching TV or using the computer one hour before bed. The blue glow from these devices triggers our brains to think it is daylight and therefore, stay active, even when you are trying to wind down.
Take some time to exercise each day. Getting your body moving will help improve your mental clarity as well as making your body feel tired. When you work out regularly, you will begin to notice how tired you are when your normal bed time finally arrives. Not only will exercise bring you better sleep, you’ll be in better physical shape as well.
Watch your caffeine intake, especially at night. Be sure to limit your caffeine (and sugar!) during the day so that you can avoid the crash as well as avoid staying up too late. If you’re like me and you can’t go without your caffeine, just be sure to intake your caffeine at the start of your day so it does not keep you awake late into the evening when you should be sleeping.
Regulate Your Schedule
A major factor in getting improved sleep for improved focus is regulating your schedule. Wake up at the same time each day, even on holidays and/or weekends. This also applies to the time you go to bed. Aim to get to bed the same time each night and wake up the same time each morning. The rigidity of the sleeping schedule will train your body and your mind to prepare for winding down and getting to sleep.
The Final Word
With practice and effort, you will soon notice the improvement in your sleep. When your sleep improves, you will notice how your focus improves as well. Making sure you are feeling well rested will allow you to have mental clarity and high levels of focus during your day.
What other techniques do you use to improve your sleep? Be sure to share by leaving a comment below! We’d love to hear from you!