How Sleep Helps Meetings

How attendees who have gotten the proper amount of shut-eye can help meetings, and what you can do to encourage it

Everyone knows the importance of a good night’s rest. In fact, research from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has shown how a lack of sleep can have a negative effect on learning and memory — something you hope to avoid at a meeting with the purpose to Educate, Ideate and Produce. So what can you do to ensure that your attendees are getting the proper amount of shut-eye? Here are some helpful tips to consider when planning your meeting.  

Consider Your Meeting’s Hours

While it’s tempting to want to get an early start on your daylong meeting, consider setting the start time later in the morning. Encourage your attendees to use that extra hour or two for adequate rest — if possible — or offer attendees a relaxing lounge area to allow a slower start to the morning. Guests will be relaxed, refreshed and ready to learn.  

Limit Alcohol Intake

Everyone loves a great happy hour, but there’s a limit to how many of those signature cocktails should be consumed — especially at a multiday event that has an early start the next morning. Either limit the amount of drinks per person at your day-end soiree, or end it at a reasonable hour so guests can get to their rooms and prepare for the next busy day ahead. 

Feed the Sleep

A study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that what you eat can influence how you sleep, so it’s important to choose menu items wisely. Results in the study showed that greater fiber intake predicted more time spent in deep sleep, so look for menus items rich in fiber for your morning guests. 

Get Active

The best way to tire out a crowd? Get them moving! A meeting on the move will keep minds active — a big deal for your Ideate meeting — and give bodies a workout at the same time. We’re not suggesting you go out and do hours of cardio, but consider long walks, a nature hike or even a yoga break to both energize and relax at the same time. Sleep will come easily — and so will creativity. 

The Gift of Sleep

Okay, so happy hour ended early, guests are fed and happy — but how do you actually encourage them to want to go to sleep? Look to your swag bag. In guests’ rooms, put together a basket of items that encourage rest and relaxation. Soft pajamas, lavender pillow spray, bubble bath, tea — anything you can think of that encourages sleep. They’ll be going to bed early, thinking it was their idea!