The big business meeting is almost here. You just have to go over your notes, get a good night's sleep and then crush your meeting the next day. Sounds easy, right?
Unfortunately, it's much easier said than done. When you are excited, anxious or nervous about a big event the following day, it might be impossible to get to bed at night, which is where tossing and turning comes into play. As a result of not getting your full eight hours of sleep (or however many hours you require), you might feel like half a person the next day, meaning you are sleep deprived and your mind and body aren't quite up to par. Clearly, that is the last thing you want on the day of a big business meeting.
In hopes of having a refreshed mind, body and soul, here are four tips when it comes to getting sleep the night before a big business meeting.
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How To Get To Sleep The Night Before A Big Business Meeting
- Feel Confident About The Meeting And Your Possible Presentation
- Avoid Caffeine
- Don't Take Your Stress Out At The Gym
- Wind Down With Zero Technology
Feel Confident About The Meeting And Your Possible Presentation
First things first, if you don't feel confident about your meeting and your role in said meeting (perhaps you have to give a presentation), then you are not going to sleep.
That is why you have to be prepared, and this step should be happening long before the night before a big business meeting hits.
Nonetheless, on Big Business Meeting Day Eve, you need to set aside some time to really prepare for your big day. Remember, the more you know your information, and the more you practice your presentation, the more prepared and confident you will be. Life is all about repetition, so make sure you get your reps in before your important day.
If you need coffee to function, then avoiding it (or caffeine in general) might seem like a nightmare. Here's the deal, we aren't saying avoid caffeine altogether. You can have coffee throughout the day, but you need to stop drinking it at a certain point, preferably way before you go to bed at night.
Some studies say caffeine can stay in your system for eight to 14 hours, so the next time you are chugging coffee at 5 p.m., don't be surprised when you are tossing and turning all night long.
Likewise, you shouldn't eat a monster meal before you go to bed. You can have a light snack, but don't overdo it.
Don't Take Your Stress Out At The Gym
Okay, so you should be taking your stress out at the gym, but just don't do it right before you go to bed. On a night before a big business meeting, try going to the gym in the morning, or sometime in the afternoon. It is really that simple.
While routines are very important, and you might be breaking your routine if you skip the gym at night, your main focus should be planning out your next day and getting a full night's rest -- well, at least the night before a big business meeting, that is.
Wind Down With Zero Technology
A proper wind down, no matter what day of the week it is, should involve zero technology. Instead of checking out your Facebook account, why not read a book? Or plan out tomorrow/the rest of the week?
We are going to throw you one technological bone. If you are having trouble sleeping the night before a big business meeting, feel free to listen to music, preferably music that will help you get to sleep. While everyone is different, nature sounds, calm music and similar genres are ideal for sleeping. Of course, everyone is different, meaning rock music might be your bedtime jam.
If you have a big business meeting on the horizon, you need to make sure you are 100 percent prepared for it. Just remember, part of that preparation is getting a good night's rest.