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How to ensure a good night’s sleep before a critical meeting or presentation

By David Lawrence |

Sleep is the best medicine there is, but most of us aren’t getting enough of it. This a shame, because without the recommended seven to nine hours per night under your belt as you rise to greet a new day, you’re not going to be firing on all cylinders. A lack of sleep can affect our physical appearance, our performance, our mood, and our powers of concentration. All the things you want to be in perfect working order when you’ve got that critical meeting, big presentation, or vital interview the next day. Sleeping when you’re nervous or dwelling on a particular subject isn’t easy, but it can be done - here’s how.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Like all things in life, sleep works best when you have a plan and stick to a schedule. So the day before the big occasion which will have a significant impact on your career, keep it simple. Rise at the same time you normally do and go to bed at the same time. Don’t forget to keep yourself both physically and mentally active in the hours in between.

If possible, ensure you get plenty of daylight as well. The science behind this is simple. A shot of sunlight works wonders when it comes to combating anxiety and depression. It also helps regulate your body clock. Keeping yourself busy is also a great tonic for stress and insomnia. So when it comes to your head hitting the pillow, you should sleep like a lamb.

Keep it cool and eat well

You are what you eat, and that goes for what you drink as well. So energy drinks and alcoholic beverages are a definite no-go the night before that all-important day. Energy drinks are full of stimulants such as caffeine, and although alcohol might at first help you relax, it will lead to a poor night’s sleep leaving you uptight and short-tempered when you should be refreshed and raring to go.

Takeaways and pizzas are not a good idea either. Eat light and eat healthy if you want to wake up rested and in top form. Another crucial tip is to make sure your bedroom isn’t stuffy or overheated. A cool room is always conducive to a good night’s kip.

Read a good book or take a hot bath

To aid you in your quest for some quality shut-eye, it is also a good idea to put away those mobile devices and stop starring at screens. In their place, take a hot bath and read a good book. It’ll help you unwind, relax, and take your mind off anything that’s bothering you to ensure you’re fighting fit come the dawn.


David Lawrence

Written by David Lawrence

David is the founder of Vine Resources.