Get some sleep.
I know. I’m probably giving you flashbacks to childhood instruction from your mom. But seriously, it’s important. Women tend to get more emotional when they are tired. If you’re well rested before a crucial meeting or conversation, you’re less likely to end up wearing your hurt feelings on your sleeve.
The more control you have over your emotions, the more likely you are to be in control of the meeting direction. The more consistent leadership you exhibit, the more leadership will consider you a leader when new opportunities arise.
A recent study showed that two consecutive nights of less than six hours could leave you sluggish for the following six days. Six days. Staying up an extra hour, even if followed by a full night’s sleep, is correlated with slower performance the next day.
So a sleep routine—and a bedtime—are important. Our parents may have been right after all.
A few tips on getting regular sleep:
-Establish a bedtime routine. I like to take a bath then read for a bit before bed.
-Be thoughtful about what you eat or drink during the afternoon or evening. Personally, I try not to have coffee after about 4 o’clock.
-A few studies show that exercising earlier in the day helps as well.
-And catching a nap is a good idea, especially if you’re a young mom. There are lots of studies that show the benefits of mid-day resets.
All of us get a rotten night’s sleep sometimes. If you do, try to delay confrontations or really impactful decisions until you’ve gotten some rest. Sweet dreams, right?