Sleep and the musings household has a bit of a love hate relationship. We are very rarely in sync together but when we are, it’s magical. A few weeks ago my sleep got completely turned on it’s head. I was barely sleep at night, stealing a few hours during the day and starting the process all over again. Nothing was getting done and something had to give.
I started doing things differently in the lead up to sleep and I changed my thoughts about sleep. I have written before about getting better sleep. I often find that I have the most issues with actually getting to sleep. Once I am asleep I am generally fine. Funnily enough that is also Mr 5’s issue. Here are the things that have worked for me over the last couple of weeks.
Get over the idea that it’s too early to go to bed.
This was my biggest hurdle to getting to sleep at a decent hour. It sounds strange but it was such a psychological hurdle for me. I found myself watching ridiculous things on TV because it was too early to go to bed. I started off small and told myself that I would go to bed to read, with the idea that if I went to bed earlier then I would have more time to read. I was then finished reading earlier that usual. It was a game changer.
If you really want to watch a show, record it or use catch up TV.
Are you finding yourself telling yourself that after your favourite show is finished that you will go to bed, only to find it’s been pushed back to 10:30pm? I like TV, I like getting lost in fiction shows and falling in love with the characters. So I was staying up later and later to watch shows that I loved, but the ratings didn’t. Now I just record it or use catch up TV. The best part about that is that I can fast forward through the ads too!
Write down those thoughts swirling around your head.
Another barrier for me getting to sleep is over thinking stuff. I think about everything from what I am having for dinner tomorrow to that stupid thing I said in 9th grade. When I write this stuff down then I am postponing the thought pattern. It’s a psychological cue to my brain that I got your message, but I don’t have time for it right now. More often than not it works. It has the added bonus of creating blog post ideas too.
If it’s going to bother you, get those jobs done before bed.
If I had a dollar for every time I laid in bed at night and thought about the stuff I didn’t do today and need to do tomorrow instead…well I would have enough to employ a full time cleaner. It’s ridiculous because I spend an hour in bed stressing about the stuff I have to do the next day, when in reality I could just have done them.
Set yourself an alarm for when you want to switch off the lights.
I don’t always stick to this one. However I do notice the difference when I do. If you are used to going to bed at 2am then start somewhere that is achievable. If the alarm goes off at 10pm then chances are you are going to ignore it. Set the alarm for 30 minutes before you normally switch off the lights. Then move this time backwards by 30 minutes each week. It doesn’t feel like such a shock to the system.
What are your tips for better sleep?
Do you struggle with getting to sleep or staying asleep?
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