Working at a standing desk all day is one way to get the best sleep possible. Standing desks allow you to be your most productive and creative, allowing you to leave your office feeling accomplished, which is one step to getting a good night’s sleep. But if those 8 hours of peaceful rest are not something you have been able to achieve, take a look at some tips from True North Desks on how to work your way to a better night’s sleep.
The tip to “unplug” before bedtime is probably old news to most of us. But that doesn’t mean it is easy! You spend all day at your stand up desk staring at a computer. You may spend an hour on your commute looking at your smartphone from the subway or train. You come home and catch up on your favorite TV shows. That is a lot of screen time. Your brain needs a break, and it needs it before you can shut down for bedtime.
At least an hour before you are ready to go to sleep, turn off all of your electronics so you will not even be tempted by them. Read a book (a real book, with real paper), do some yoga stretches to wind down, or journal (again, in a notebook made of real paper, not on your laptop or Ipad). If you can’t stand the silence, turn on some relaxing music in the background. The first few nights of your new ritual may seem strange, but after a week or so, you will be so energized from your restful sleep that you will never want to go back to your old habits.
Watch what you drink
This doesn’t just mean alcohol, although that is part of the solution. Limit yourself to just one drink a night and try to finish it up a few hours before bedtime. While you want to stay hydrated with plenty of water while at your standing workstation, try not to overhydrate once you are getting ready for bed. Midnight trips to the bathroom are sure to interrupt those important sleep cycles. The same goes for caffeine. We all love a good cup of joe at our standup desk, but coffee or tea in the evenings is sure to keep you up too late.
Make your bed
Why make your bed in the morning if you are just going to get back in it that night? Just like having an organized stand up desk helps you to be more efficient during the day, having a made bed helps you get better sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 44% of people who make their beds regularly report better sleep than those who don’t. Tuck in those sheets and fluff your pillows before you head out to work. Add unmaking the bed to your nightly ritual and you’re sure to get better sleep.
True North Desks offers a variety of standing desk styles. Request our brochure for more information on finding the best standing desk for your career. Check out more tips on healthy living from True North Desks.