We all want more sleep. We’re groggy throughout the day but then wide awake at night. It’s beyond frustrating. You’ve probably researched several ways on how to get to sleep and you’ve probably run into people with a myriad of suggestions. However, I believe that many of these youtubers or other bloggers have lost touch with reality. They’ve got these long lists of suggestions and while this offers several ideas of what to do, they’re overwhelming and often unattainable for the normal person. I am a normal person, or at least kinda, and here are my top three ways I get better quality sleep.
Get into a nighttime routine.
Okay, we’ve probably seen some of those youtube “Nighttime Routines” that involve a 40-minute bath, a face mask, tai chi, journaling, and steaming their face with herbs imported from Bali. All sort of nonsense. Yeah, ain’t nobody got time for that.
A realistic nighttime routine consists of about one or two things that give a signal to your brain that it’s time to wind down. After you’ve chucked the kids into bed and uncluttered your living room, or printed out that essay and packed your backpack for the next morning, take 20ish minutes to chill and wind down. Personally, I like to do things like take extra time washing my face, then reading, or journaling. That’s it. No ridiculous hair masks or pedicures. Bedtime isn’t time for a whole new beauty regime. It’s time for sleep.
Disclaimer, there are those days when you are going to collapse in bed. If it’s one of those days, get in your PJs and go to bed. Don’t try to force stuff into your routine, just get the sleep you need.
Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.
At least, really really try. With kids or university, this can be difficult, but it can be done. Try to get to sleep or wake up within a half an hour of your goal time. So if you want to wake up at 6:00 am, it’s totally okay if you’re up at 6:30 am every once in awhile (we sometimes need that extra sleep). Or if you’re trying to get to bed by 11:00 pm, sometimes you’ll get to bed at 11:30 pm and that’s cool. If you get up or get to bed earlier than your goal times, then all the better.
Getting into this pattern will help train your body to be more alert when you wake up, and more tired when you go to sleep. We’ve all been extremely groggy in the morning or wide awake at night (it’s my enemy, insomnia) but this can help A LOT. It will be tough at first, but stick it out, make it a habit, and you’ll see positive results!
Turn off electronics :30 minutes before going to bed.
Again, I’ve been a university student, this is difficult. Especially when you’re trying to get that essay turned in on time or trying to finish that quiz before the deadline. I don’t have kids, but I do know that they’re sometimes a trial to get into bed. Do your best at this.
Turning off your electronics and then starting your bedtime routine can help turn your mind off. If you’re stressed about everything you have to do the next day, write it down on a to-do list, then let it go.
Hopefully, some of these tips helped you out, try at least one this week and start seeing the positive benefits of better sleep.
Thanks for reading! Namaste!
(Originally published on TheMiniMeditatingDragon.blogspot.com 08/31/16)