How to stop thinking about work at 3am

How to stop thinking about work at 3am

Having trouble sleeping at night?

I can relate. When I’m extra busy in my job as a recruiter at Prestige Scientific, I often find myself tossing and turning over all the things I have to do the next day.

According to one recent study, 66% of American workers suffer from sleep deprivation due to job stress. That’s just not right. After all, good sleep is critical to our cognitive functioning. So if you’re one of the unlucky two-thirds who find themselves wide awake and anxious at 3am, here are a few tips from experienced executive coach Rebecca Zucker:

1. Instead of lying there making mental lists, get in the habit of making a to-do list for the next day before you go to bed.

2. Keep a journal to download your mental chatter about things that stress you out at work, whether they be conflicts with colleagues or project-related obstacles.

3. Exercise. Physical activity has long been proven to help you sleep.

4. Exercise your self-compassion, too. In other words, don’t lie there beating yourself up about the way you handled something. Treat yourself as you would a good friend.

You might not be able to eliminate your stress entirely, but with some better “sleep hygiene,” you can certainly minimize its impact on your precious sleep.


By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific