I usually sleep pretty well, but when I don’t… look out!

Not surprisingly, sleep and mental health go hand in hand, especially in demanding (and physical) jobs like construction.

A bad night’s sleep can leave someone feeling anxious, while stress from work can keep anyone up at night. Good sleep is essential for keeping our minds sharp, staying safe on the job, and feeling our best overall.

Here are three ideas to improve your sleep and mental health:

  • Stick to a Schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This helps set your body’s internal clock, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up feeling refreshed. (Although I gotta say I regret my eyes opening at work time every weekend!)
  • Unwind Before Bed: Find a relaxing routine — read to de-stress and get ready for sleep. Maybe a book? Or a comfort show – a favourite you’ve seen many times?
  • Cut Down on Screen Time: Put away your phone, tablet, or laptop at least an hour before bed. The blue light from screens can mess with your sleep activity. (I know, I know, I just said watch a bit of TV. I’m a hypocrite here.)

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” — Irish Proverb

Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.