Trouble With Your Sleep Schedule? A Checklist (Part 1)
I don’t know exactly why, but I’ve always been a night owl. Although the older I get I’m starting to think that maybe I’m not. What I mean by that is this: When you’re young, you can form habits like staying up too late, for example. You can start to structure the daily doings of your life in such a way that you can’t any other schedule working. The truth is, though…we are all human and our bodies are made to be in harmony with the daily rhythms of nature.
Because of the artificial light and constant digital and environmental stimulation, we can keep ourselves awake. That doesn’t mean it’s healthy. And, one of the fun things about getting older is that your body starts to let you know when it’s not getting the rest it needs.
Problem is, breaking and re-starting a new habit can feel unnatural at first. Don’t give up. Do your best to get to sleep before midnight, at least, and wake up earlier—at the same time every day.
Trouble going to sleep? Here’s a few tried and true tips that can help:
As hard as it is, try to keep your phone and/or tablet away from you for at least two hours. The blue light can sincerely interfere and make it harder to fall asleep.
Try reading an actual book—made of paper. As much as I love my e-reader, not only is reading an old-school book aesthetically pleasing, it can help you relax and you won’t be pestered by that aforementioned artificial light.
Try doing a bit of yoga or meditating. I’ve heard some say that engaging in meditation or exercise too close to bed can oddly cause you to have more energy. But, I’ve found that calming, peace-giving oriented types can help me relax.
Drink chamomile tea. Herbal teas can help. Also, I find that just the ritual of it can start to put me into a more relaxed state.
Every tried aromatherapy? Some people swear by it. Lavender is supposed to particularly helpful in the evenings.
Make sure the house is a stable temperature—and not too warm. Studies show cooler temps lead to deeper sleep.
Charge your devices outside your bedroom if at all possible. Use your phone as an alarm? Consider getting an old-school alarm instead.
Make sure your room is as dark as possible. Get blackout shades if you need them. Light coming in from street lamps or cars can hinder getting to sleep .