Last night, I didn’t fall asleep as fast as I normally do. It was an experience I haven’t had in ages. Like my father before me, going to sleep is usually never an issue.
Here are the tricks I use to force myself to sleep.
- Tiring myself out physically, like hopping on the exercise bike or doing some yoga. Be careful with this one because it can give you energy if you go at it with vigor.
- Tiring myself out mentally. Grab a book with some big words in it.
- Do something difficult that engages your mind and motor functions that you generally won’t complete, like playing Dr. Mario!
- Write. If your mind is overactive like mine is, my mind chatter seems to stop after I get those thoughts down on paper (in my case, in the computer).
- Talk yourself into it. Seriously! It sounds strange, but when the mind is chatty, have a conversation.
A lot of us nowadays are so much on the go that we don’t take our sleep hygiene seriously and we should, because well all know sleep is extremely important.
Good sleep hygiene is
- Paying attention to your circadian rhythm.
- Turning down the lights when it starts to get dark out.
- Going to sleep when it’s dark out.
- Sleeping in pitch black and/or wear a Sleep Mask.* Only a very small amount of light will provoke the light receptors in your eyes and skin.
- No electronics of any kind in the bedroom.
- No coffee or other stimulants 8 hours before sleep.
- No food 3 hours before sleep.
I hope some of these tips and tricks will help you get to Slumberland and improve your sleep.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
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P.P.S. If you want to dive deep into why sleep is so important, check out “Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival” by T. S. Wiley*