There’s nothing wrong with you that 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep wouldn’t cure. Business insomnia is about finding strategies to address the things that interrupt your sleep, the swirling ideas, the nagging concerns and the petty annoyances.
It’s tough to sleep when you’re annoyed and there are lots of things to annoy business travelers:
- Cabin announcements
- Uncomfortable seats
- The elbow of the person next to you
- The seat in front of you, etc. etc.
Even if you get to sleep, any one of these announcements can wake you back up again, leaving you sleepless for the rest of the flight.
There’s nothing any of us can do about the annoyances of business travel, but what you can control is your response to them. People have a remarkable ability to adapt. People who live next to airports and train stations get used to the noise and learn how to sleep through it.
Start with Acceptance
It starts with accepting the fact that certain things are beyond your control. There will be interruptions and delays. People will get in the way, particularly when you are trying to sleep. The trick is to develop a relaxation routine, something you can slip back into when you have been awakened.
Have you noticed how some people just seem to take things in stride? It isn’t by accident. There’s nothing special to them. They are subject to the same annoyances as everyone else. The difference is that they have accepted the reality and built it into their plans. Relaxation is a big part of those plans. A relaxed person is better able to respond creatively to new situations than a stressed person.
Learn How to Relax
You can teach your body to relax. You can develop a routine until it becomes a habit. Our recordings are designed to walk you through that process, until it becomes automatic (or, as one of our fans called it, “automagic”). It literally is like riding a bicycle. Once you know what your body feels like when it is truly relaxed, it becomes a feeling you can summon when you want it.
Our free, full length recording walks you through the process, starting with your breathing. It is a well established fact that deep, slow breathing helps your body relax, the same way that fast, shallow breathing prepares you for sudden action. It’s that old fight or flight adrenaline response.
A major annoyance for me was actually my own fault. I used to think that I could get a lot of work done on the flight. It almost never worked. There would be delays and interruptions. Working on a tray table was frustrating at best. I never seemed to find the calm I needed to write reports or prepare analysis. It wasn’t until I woke up to the fact that realistically, the most I could hope for was to get some reading done or a few point form notes, that I was actually able to relax.
What works for You?
What has been particularly annoying for you and how have you overcome it? What advice do you have for fellow travelers? What can be done to make business travel less annoying?
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