It’s seriously hard to feel like connecting with people if you’re tired! Let’s face it, the only thing I want to be connecting with when I’m sleep deprived is my pillow.

This week’s episode is about the importance of sleep. Ironically, the week I recorded this I existed on far too little sleep. I expect due to too much caffeine. And let me tell you, the caffeine – sleep – caffeine cycle is VICIOUS.

the importance of sleep

The Sleep Health Foundation estimates that poor sleep claims the lives of 3,000 people a year. Four out of ten Australians don’t get enough sleep and 20% of us suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness.

It’s a good thing I love a good nap!

The costs of this lack of sleep are high – it significantly reduces workplace productivity and is estimated to cost the Australian economy $66.3 billion per year.

A nighttime routine usually helps with falling asleep more quickly and getting a better quality of sleep:

✅ aim for 8 hours of sleep

✅ put down the screens an hour or so before bed

✅ drink herbal tea instead of caffeine in the afternoon/evening

✅ have a warm shower before bed.

Find out more about the importance of sleep on episode 22 of This Connected Life. And let’s hope we all get a good night’s sleep tonight!

What does your nighttime routine look like? I’d love to know.

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Mel Kettle is all about connection, communication and collaboration. She works with CEOs, leaders and teams to help them better communicate and collaborate (online AND offline) to achieve better relationships, revenue and results. Mel is a facilitator, trainer, speaker, author and mentor who provides practical advice that achieves results while having some fun!

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