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The Corporate Wellness Bible by Kate Cook

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75. Trouble sleeping?

Facts: The most predictable predictor of depression is insomnia. Sleeping less than six hours a night is linked to increased obesity. Sleeping less than seven hours a night is linked to increased mortality.

Depressed, fat, dead. You’ve got to sort this sleep thing out.

Basics

If you have trouble sleeping, it’s worth reiterating that insomnia is like losing weight. It’s not enough to know what to do, you have to act on it. ‘Chronic’ insomniacs often stay up half the night drinking tea or alcohol, smoking, watching movies. And then they go to bed and listen to the radio and read until finally about 4 a.m. they doze off. If you don’t sleep well here are some key strategies:

  • Don’t drink caffeine for at least six hours before ...

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