After Tuesday’s post talking about how little sleep we are getting around here lately, one would think that I am the last person you should be taking advice from about sleep. However sleep isn’t just about quantity, it’s about quality. Below are the things that I use to help drift off to sleep quicker, helping me to capitalise on the little amount of sleep that I get.
- Get rid of or cover your clock. Do you have an alarm clock right next to your bed? Get rid of that baby. If you need it for alarm purposes, just cover the screen. Why? What’s the one thing you do repeatedly when you can’t sleep? I bet it is check the time, sigh and notice that another 30 minutes has passed and you still haven’t fallen asleep. You get anxious thinking about how many hours there is until you have to get up for the day, meaning you are more likely to lay awake for another 30 minutes stressing about how little sleep you are getting.
- Do something you enjoy before going to sleep. So many articles talk about how you shouldn’t read or play games on your phone. I say bullshit. If playing mindless games on your phone before you sleep means that it takes your minds focus off stress you experienced through the day then go for it. If losing yourself in a book makes you feel safe and comfortable, then read to your hearts content.
- Avoid the news. I don’t know about you, but reading something that upsets me just before I go to bed does nothing to help me drift off into a peaceful sleep. Don’t watch the news. Don’t read the news. Go look at cute puppies instead.
- Shower just before you head to bed. For a lot of people a shower wakes them up. Not me, I have the water as hot as I can stand it (yes even in summer) and I feel cocooned in the water. I imagine the water washing off the stress of the day. I put my head under the stream and just enjoy the indulgence. I find on the days that I miss the shower or have it earlier in the night that I don’t feel as relaxed.
- Create an environment that helps YOU sleep. There are articles upon articles about ways that you can help to facilitate sleep with noise/no noise, dark/light or hot/cold. The truth is that there is no blanket approach. Obviously if you are in a relationship there needs to be compromise but creating things that help you to sleep better is so important. It may be a series of trial and error to find the right fit but once you have it, you will know! Go with your gut instinct.
What are your tips for getting good quality sleep?
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