As a woman, non-binary and female-identifying person, you know how challenging and demanding your work can be. You likely face pressure to perform at your best, deal with tight deadlines, and navigate complex projects. But did you know that prioritizing sleep is a vital component of taking care of yourself and protecting your mental health?
Studies have shown that sleep deprivation is linked to mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and burnout - issues that are particularly relevant to women in male-dominated fields. Women who don't get enough sleep are 30% more likely to develop mental health problems compared to those who get the recommended amount of sleep. Additionally, women in tech and design are more susceptible to stress and poor sleep quality due to imposter syndrome, gender bias, and discrimination.
That's why it's crucial to prioritize your sleep and make it a part of your self-care routine.
Here are some tips:
- Establish a bedtime routine: Take time to unwind before bed by reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing meditation.
- Set a sleep schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to regulate your body's internal clock.
- Avoid screens before bedtime: The blue light from screens can disrupt your sleep patterns, so put away your devices at least an hour before bed.
- Create a sleep-friendly environment: Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature.
By prioritizing your sleep, you can protect your mental health, reduce your risk of burnout, and become a more effective designer or tech professional. Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury - it's a necessity.
- "The State of Mental Health in the Tech Workplace." Mental Health America. https://www.mhanational.org/sites/default/files/MHA_Digital_Workplace_Report_2019.pdf
- "The Mental Health Benefits of Sleep." Verywell Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/the-mental-health-benefits-of-sleep-5091886
- "The Importance of Sleep for Women." National Sleep Foundation. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/importance-sleep-women