5 Secrets for Catching Up on Sleep

By Anna Dunn, December 19, 2016

Some are blaming coffee’s pending extinction (supposedly by 2080!) on climate change, but it’s likely sleep deprivation also plays a role. According to a 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of adults don’t get the minimum suggested seven hours of sleep each night. While it’s well known a good night’s rest positively affects productivity the next day, many planners could use a little help in the snooze department. Five event profs share what keeps them rested and ready to go.

Time Zone Trouble
“Traveling east is always the hardest as we often have our first meeting at 7 a.m. the next day. I try to get my mind and body to switch by coming in one day early and getting as much sleep as I can that first night.”
—Ann-Michele Ewert, CMP, Mennonite Economic Development Associatesscreen-shot-2016-12-20-at-8-19-45-am

Ideal Temperature
“The room needs to be between 64 and 66 degrees. I usually sleep with an eye mask when I’m traveling, and I prefer a medium-weight pillow and a hypoallergenic down comforter. I guess I’m sort of high-maintenance.”
—Tristan Mariah Boyce, Cru Greater Northwest Region

On-Site Prep Work
“I try to be intentional about taking care of things I know need to be done throughout the day so I don’t have a long list when we are done for the night. Exceptionally short nights are usually things beyond my control, so I ask God to multiply the sleep I’m getting and trust he will provide the energy for the next day.”
—Ryan Claborn, Christ In Youth

Bedtime Tunes
“I play relaxing music like jazz or mellow gospel music, nothing upbeat or with too much drums or bass.” ­
Stacey E. Fleming, First Baptist Church of Glenarden

Strategic Shut-Eye
“Sleep during big conferences? The best you can hope for are strategic naps. Have a quiet room, cut off the radio and get a 20-minute power nap. It’s all about quieting your mind and spirit so you are at your best when you step onto the show floor.”
—Glen Alexander Guyton, Mennonite Church USA



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