Laying in bed tossing and turning, mind racing, sleep not even within reach. Sound familiar? Sleep, like food and water is necessary for our well being. It is also one of the things that we can neglect the most.
50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorderAmerican Sleep Association
In today’s society we are so go go go, all of the time. We work more, we are constantly connected to social media, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. All of this can make it harder to sleep.
I have tried it all. Melatonin, over the counter sleep aids, none of them worked. I have found that I need a compilation of things to help me sleep. Not all of the things that work for me will necessarily work for you. So try them all and pick and choose what works for you.
First off I do not drink soda or anything with caffeine at night. What I do make sure to drink before bed is sleepy time tea. Many people say to take melatonin, that never worked for me. While Benadryl works sometimes, you shouldn’t take it regularly because it has been linked to causing dementia after prolonged use.
As busy as we all are, try to go to bed twenty minutes early. Having that extra time takes off the pressure of feeling rushed. Pick out your clothes the night before. Having one less thing to worry about in the morning can also reduce your stress.
Choose a cut off time for your phone. I set mine on do not disturb until I wake up in the morning. You can still allow select numbers to come through. Also, absolutely no social media after your cut off time.
Before bed try some nighttime stretching or yoga. Once your ready to go to bed try a ten minute meditation. There are two apps that I use to help me fall asleep. Calm or Self and Sanity&Self.
Calm can be pricey, but it offers it all. Meditation, relaxing music, and yes bedtime stories. Yes I know it sounds crazy but it works. My first bedtime story was told by Matthew McConaughey. I was asleep before I knew it. I also use their meditation sessions before bed.
Self and Sanity is also great. The best thing about this app is it offers so much more than help with sleep. One of the best things I’ve learned from this app is that I have to close out my day before I try to go to sleep. Sanity and self offer breathing exercises for before bed, meditation, relaxing music, and also bedtime stories.
Personally, I need a cold dark room to be able to sleep. If the room isn’t dark enough I use a sleep mask. It also helps me to have a fan going.
Adults need 7-9 hours of sleepAmerican Sleep Association
If you are looking for a free option, you can find Jason Stephenson on Youtube. His guided meditations are phenomenal.
It will take time to discover the routine that works for you. Don’t get discouraged. The harder you try to fall asleep the harder it will be.
On a lighter note check out Samuel L Jackson reading Shut The F*** Up And Go To Sleep. https://youtu.be/ma-7jb9vEjA
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