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3 Ways Tired Entrepreneurs Can Improve Energy Levels

September 09, 2019

Hectic schedule with too little sleep? 3 Ways To Boost Energy

Entrepreneurship is one of those double-edged swords - it’s great being your own boss, but when you work for yourself you’re also the one drawing up the schedule and doling out the time off. More often than not, the pressure to keep a solo enterprise running smoothly ends up in a pretty serious sleep deficit when you’re trying to meet deadlines and keep clients happy. 

So what is a hard-working entrepreneur to do when there is no time to squeeze in the required 8 hours of sleep per night but you also can’t go around with bottomed-out energy levels? Here are three ways to keep going (for a while) without resorting to caffeinated energy drinks or junk food fixes: 

Stretch To Wake Up Your Body

Feeling sleepy in front of your computer? Get up and do a few stretches to wake up your body and get the blood flowing. Here are a few yoga poses that you can do pretty much anywhere, and are guaranteed to provide a much-needed wake-me-up for a sleep-deprived body. 

Eat Like A Grownup

When you’re tired it can be very tempting to guzzle coffee and resort to sweet treats that enjoy a little energy spike, but by now we all know this is not the way to go. When you’re sleep-deprived, the last thing your body needs is to go on a sugar-fuelled rollercoaster. This is when you have to eat like a grownup - think nutritious whole foods with a low glycemic index that provide a steady source of energy. E.g. A whole-wheat sandwich with avocado and tomato, a hard-boiled egg, an apple and a few almonds. This type of meal offers a balance of nutrients that will keep you going without weighing you down. 

Go Outside & Get Some Sun

Our natural circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle) is linked to daylight. If you’re feeling groggy, it helps to go outside to get some fresh air, natural daylight and a little bit of direct sun exposure. While we all need to watch those UV rays to ensure that we don’t get sunburned, a few minutes of direct sunlight on the skin is required for the release of vitamin D, which is required for optimal muscle function and to maintain energy levels. 

Following these three guidelines will help you to improve flagging energy levels when you simply don't have time to get in the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night. However, a long-term sleep deficit is not recommended, so try to arrange your schedule to allow for adequate rest. 

In the meantime, you may also want to consider investing in a good mattress that will aid restful sleep when you do eventually head to bed. Visit us in person at a Bed King branch to try out our Comfort Solutions Lab®. Lie down in a spacious booth and have your unique pressure points mapped by a sensor that determines your ideal level of sleeping surface support, which is used to provide tailor-made mattress recommendations. It’s a simple way of narrowing down your options and finding the mattress that works for you. 

Please NOTE: Content from the Bed King website and blog is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. The information provided on this blog is intended for general consumer understanding and entertainment only. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

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