This Guest paper was submitted for publication and is copyright to Sarah Jones © 2017.
Published here July 2017

Editor's Introduction | Lack of Sleep Directly Causes Higher Levels of Stress 
Lack of Sleep Leads to Negative Emotions and Depression
Causes of a Bad Night's Sleep: Health, Sleep Apnea, Psychology
More Causes: Environment, Noise, Stimulants, Food | Calming Ourselves After a Stressful Day


  • Like we said earlier, if you just can't stop your mind from turning over a problem, get it down on paper. I keep a notebook and a pen next to my bed for this exact reason. It's a common psychological trick. Once you have physically written something down, your mind thinks you've dealt with the problem, so it can let it go. But it has to be physical. Don't use your phone — and No Screens, remember?
  • Beds are for sleep.[2] Remember also: no TV, and definitely no business! Our minds are pattern recognition machines, and when you use your bed for anything else, you're teaching your mind that it can be used for more than just sleep.
  • Unless you have no other option, don't turn to sleeping pills on a regular basis. Sleeping pills will affect the hormone balance that contributes to a deep and even sleep. This destroys your ability to sleep in the long term, even as they fix the short-term problem, as well as giving you a whole host of long term-problems.

When you get a restful night's sleep, you are directly contributing to your efficiency and effectiveness as a project manager, and vice versa. In a world that only gets more competitive by the day, every advantage we can get for ourselves should be taken. So next time you have the option to work for an hour or two instead of getting a good night's rest, ask yourself:

Can you really afford to leave yourself sleep deprived?
Calming Ourselves after a Stressful Day  Calming Ourselves After a Stressful Day

2. And sex, of course.
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