An hour before you plan to sleep, make a physical list of the problems at work that are causing you stress, said Dr. Chris Winter, author of “The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It.”
“Most people’s fears are out of their control and somewhat irrational. Technically, we’re all in danger of being fired,” Winter said. “Seeing them on paper can help significantly to put them in perspective.”
Resist the urge to jump on your laptop at 3 a.m. and start “putting out fires,” Winter said. Your work in those hours is unlikely to be your best and “the light from the computer and stress will condition you to awaken.”
Try to realize the issues on your list that can be addressed, he said.
If you’re worried that you might be fired, for example, have an updated resume that you are proud of along with a plan of action in your arsenal.
Make time for co-workers if you feel those relationships could benefit from strengthening. “If you have too much work,” Winter said, “tell your boss it’s too much for one person.”