I hate sleep. I remember a time when I used to love it but now it just feels like a waste of time. I don’t know if its a consequence of just getting older but I do miss it immensely which is why I have been researching on how to get a good nights sleep again. With you I share my pearls of wisdom after searching medical websites, lifestyle blogs and god knows what else. If you wonder how to sleep better, read this.
STICK TO A SCHEDULE:
You’re never too old to have a bed time. Make sure you go to bed the same time every day (Well THIS I do, except at 2am. NOTE TO SELF: Must bring it down to midnight). Your body functions better with discipline, make a schedule and it will follow.
READ A BOOK:
Ok so I blog right before I go to bed. Bad idea. BAD idea. Clearly screens and electronics wire you up. So even after I put the laptop away, it takes me eons to go to sleep. Must change that… Sigh. Try a magazine if you’re not much of a reader or an easy read if you are. Moving your eyes from left to right through the pages of a book is an easy way to help you drift off.
BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU EAT:
Food impacts everything. Have your last heavy meal a few hours before bed and be aware of what you consume. No nos like caffeine and nicotine can pump up your system for hours.
HAVE A BED TIME ROUTINE:
Brush your teeth, take a shower, listen to music… whatever it may be. Do it everyday and align body to a schedule. Do relaxing activities and be aware of point 2 & 3. Relaxing activities can promote better sleep by easing the transition between wakefulness and drowsiness.
Make sure your pillow, mattress and comforter work for you. The temperature is also a great contributor to sleeping comfortably. Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet.
MAKE IT DARK:
Unless you’re scared of the dark, try sleeping in a pitch dark room. If you feel you’re a light sleeper or your sleep isn’t deep enough it could well be the light in your room. Total darkness helps the body ease into sleep, whereas sleeping with a dim light or television on can be distracting.